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Calvary Cemetery, Hiva Oa
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Contemplate the lives of two of the 20th century's most famous Francophone artists at Calvary Cemetery, the final resting place of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. Consider the appeals of French Polynesia to the artistry and inspiration of two of its most famous adopted sons in this well-maintained, rustic, and scenic hillside cemetery. Whether or not you are on an artistic pilgrimage, you can enjoy the extensive, uninterrupted views of the bay from the top of the hill. Witness the religious traditions and culture of Pacific Islanders in the respectful, peaceful atmosphere of this important burial site. Using our international travel planner, Hiva Oa attractions like Calvary Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Don't miss to collect you on the grave of Brel, moving simplicity and Gauguin. Steep climb from the village but nice view also.
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  • Some sort of "presence" permanent "monsters" BREL and GAUGUIN... of emotion, meditation, and the powerful pleasure to share this place and this landscape
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  • A fifteen-minute walk uphill from the village is necessary to access to the cemetery. The grave of Brel and Gauguin (and their decorations, offerings...) are facing the sea. Then we were alone, the silence and the special atmosphere of the place give it a certain solemnity.
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  • Nice
  • Here is buried the post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, on May 8, 1903. (Photo courtesy Museum of Papeete)

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