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. To visit Calvary Cemetery on your holiday in Hiva Oa, and find out what else Hiva Oa has to offer, use our Hiva Oa itinerary planner .
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  • The Gauguin site is neglected, the Brel site is littered with personal comments on bits of paper strewn around  more »
  • The hill from Atuona was a bit steep in the hot sun, but it was worth it to reach the cemetery where Paul Gauguin is buried. Also buried there is the Belgium singer Jacques Brel. People were stunned w...  more »
  • We went there especially for the grave to Jacques Brel. We then visited the memorial of Brel. It's a promise that was made to me and I honored with a lot of emotion. Shame it's so far away.
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