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Calvary Cemetery, Hiva Oa

(3.7/5 based on 70 reviews on the web)
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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  • We stayed at Hiva Oa 3 days and we decided to go to the cemetery on our way to the Museum. To do a detour because the cemetery is located in height. The coast is a bit steep, so for small walkers I advise the car. Arrived at the cemetery you directly come across the grave of Jacques Brel and a little higher up on your right there is Paul Gaugin. It's a very emotional place especially with the memories that drops off. TO DO!
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  • It would be a shame not to do a small hook at the cemetery to see the graves of Jacques Brel and Gauguin. The place is in height and the view is worth a photo.
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  • Easy to find, this cemetery is very well exposed with lovely views of the ocean. The tomb of brel is at the entrance, and we haven't looked that of Gauguin.
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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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