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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  • as to the Lachaise father, come to Gauguin and jacques Brel. He really rest in peace when the horde of tourists goes. nothing extraordinary if it is messages from fans.
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  • I enjoyed a nice walk from Atuona to the cemetary. I was able to see beautiful vistas along the way. Until this day, I didn't know much about Jacque Brel. Discovering Jacque Brel's story was so intere...  more »
  • This cemetery, which overlooks the Bay of Atuona is a loan of serenity and beauty... we go of course to visit the big James and the great Paul... Jacques Brel's grave is beautiful, surrounded by greenery and decorated by dozens of stones where travellers have left their note... Paul Gauguin's grave is very beautiful too, more old course but she is no lack of charm... That these two men rest in peace, enjoying the magnificent view they have of this place... at the heart of this splendid island they loved so much.
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