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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  • August 4, 2017
    One month stays for 4 consecutive years, during which wonder has been each time. This archipelago to 1400km from Tahiti, reserve rich in its diversity of volcanic beaches sometimes grey sand, and also white beach, like all of the other islands of Polynesia. Certainly the most beautiful of my life and unforgettable memory.
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  • August 3, 2017
    After visiting the Museum of Paul Gauguin it seemed very fitting to climb the hill to find his grave. the views form the top are simply stunning, a resting place seated atop a beautiful hillside. Very...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Is one of the few things to visit in your stay in Atuona or basically Hiva Oa island. The best is the views and their 2 celebrity graves. The first one for Paul Gauguin, worth a visit and the second o...  more »
  • 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
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  • Here is buried the post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin, on May 8, 1903. (Photo courtesy Museum of Papeete)

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