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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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It's a very steep walk up from town but, worth the view. A very small town with not a lot to do but, some nice houses to walk by more »
If you are a fan of Paul Gauguin or Jacques Brel (I had not heard of the latter) then the cemetery where they are buried is worth a visit. Otherwise go for the wonderful view. It is quite a hot climb ... more »
The view is amazing and the flowers are beautiful! It was a hike up the hill was a kicker, but the second time we visited by car. more »
The Wandering Frog
Really beautiful cemetery where you can see the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. 10min walk from the city center.
Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel rest here
Here is buried the post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, on May 8, 1903. (Photo courtesy Museum of Papeete)
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