Cimeitière du Père-Lachaise

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16 Rue du Repos, Paris, France
01 55 25 82 10

Cimeitière du Père-Lachaise Paris Reviews

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A beautiful cemetery Jun 30, 2013
Cimeitière du Père-Lachaise is Paris´s most prestigious cemetery. It is set on a wooden hill overlooking the city. It was designed by Brongniart in 1804 to replace unsanitary parish cemeteries. The land was once owned by Père de la Chaise, Louis XIV´s confessor. It was bought by order of Napoleon in 1803 to create a new cemetery.

Covering 43,2 hectares, this landscaped funeral park is the largest green space in Paris. With 70.000 graves, the Communard´s Wall, monuments to concentration camp deportees and veterans, it is an important site of memories. The cemetery was also a pioneer in the development of funerary practices. It includes the first crematorium (1887), columbarium (1889) and funeral garden in France (1985).

Celebrities such as the playwriter and actor Jean-Baptiste Molière (1622-1673), the writer Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850), the composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), the writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), the painter Camille Pissaro (1830-1903), the singer Edit Piaf (1915-1963) and more recently the singer Jim Morrison (1943-1971) are all buried there.

Pick up a printed map of the cemetery at the office, which is inside to the right of the main gate. The map shows you where the different famous persons are buried. It is not 100% accurate, so some of the tombs are difficult to find. Like at other cemeteries in Paris, the printed map and the map at the boards around the cemetery do not correspond. Stick to either or!

I was at the Cimeitière du Père-Lachaise for the first time in 1994. Since then there has been some changes. The grave of Oscar Wild is not only covered by a glass wall, but also by a steel fence. It was sad to see that this is necessary. The grave of Honoré de Balzac was also covered by a fence, but it was nice to see that the grave of Jim Morrison wasn´t covered in cigarette butts like it was 19 years ago.

Famous graves and striking funerary sculptures make Cimeitière du Père-Lachaise a pleasant place for a leisurely and nostalgic stroll. I can highly recommend it.

Opening hours in summer: Mon-Fri 8 am – 6 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 6 pm, Sun 9 am – 6 pm

Opening hours in winter: Mon-Fri 8 am – 5:30 pm, Sat 8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Sun 9 am – 5:30 pm

Access: the cemetery is a short walk from Pére Lachaise and Alexander Dumas metro stations.
Cimeitière du Père-Lachaise
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sarahsan says:
There is only one thing to do Alison, you have to return to Paris :)
Posted on: Jul 05, 2013
jeminigirl says:
Awww, we missed the opportunity to call in here due to heavy traffic on our to the station, left us with no time to spare- hopefully we will get the opportunity to visit in the future =)
Posted on: Jul 03, 2013
Ils1976 says:
I love that place ... strange I know, but it is so peaceful there (if there aren't too many tourists around!) :)
Posted on: Jul 01, 2013
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