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Père Lachaise Cemetery

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  • Sunday 09:00 - 18:00
  • Monday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Thursday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Friday 08:00 - 18:00
  • Saturday 08:30 - 18:00
Père Lachaise Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, [simtjɛːʁ dy pɛːʁ laʃɛːz]; formerly, cimetière de l'Est, "Cemetery of the East") is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris (44 hectares or 110 acres), although there are larger cemeteries in the city's suburbs. Père Lachaise is in the 20th arrondissement and is notable for being the first garden cemetery, as well as the first municipal cemetery. It is also the site of three World War I memorials. The cemetery is on Boulevard de Mènilmontant. The Paris Métro station Philippe Auguste on line 2 is next to the main entrance, while the station named Père Lachaise, on both lines 2 and 3, is 500 metres away near a side entrance that has been closed to the public. Many tourists prefer the Gambetta station on line 3, as it allows them to enter near the tomb of Oscar Wilde and then walk downhill to visit the rest of the cemetery. Each year, Père Lachaise Cemetery has more than 3.5 million visitors, making it the most visited cemetery in the world.
  • David Punter

    6 days ago

    What an incredible place to visit. Rammed full of history, outstanding architecture, well maintained gardens, and a sprinkling of celebrity... It's hard to believe I'm talking about a cemetery! Walking around in silence and contemplation, simply admiring the beauty of the tombs and monuments that line this huge area, is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Lots to take in, but please remember to be respectful of your surroundings - funerals do still happen on site.

  • P Collins

    25 days ago

    Awesome! I love this place. I try to go every time I'm in Paris. It's worth the effort. Some people have complained about the people who run this place, but they're a bunch of whiners. The staff, here, have been nothing but helpful, and they've always looked out for me--even the last time when I brought along a flask and was borderline drunk. The nice gentleman picked me up at closing time and drove me to the nearest exit--with a smile. I don't know why people think the French are rude. Try going to Manhattan! Jim, Frederic, Oscar, Moliere are not to be missed. Some guy was playing "The End" at Jim's grave, and that, honestly, might have been one of the best moments of my illustrious life.

  • Jessica Jacobs

    18 days ago

    A must-see place if you're visiting Paris. I have been here numerous times and would go again in a heart beat. Do some research before you go, as it's quite large. If you are a music fan, be sure to check out Jim Morrison's grave. Take some time to visit the Holocaust memorial. And read up on and visit the graves of Héloïse and Abélard, the original star crossed lovers.

  • Shalom Fernando

    3 months ago

    The cemetary is huge and absolutely gorgeous. We came here to visit Jim Morrison´s grave. It was not as hard to find as we thought it would be as we met a lot of people coming from the direction of the grave. It is very popular. It was beautiful to see so many people visiting this legend. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Marty Mcriley

    4 months ago

    Every time I come to Paris, I visit this very beautiful place. the last time I came, I took a guide tour. It wasn't very expensive (as I remember maybe 20 euros), but the guide was so informative, so knowledgeable of the history, (pardon the pun), he made the place come alive. Its a beautiful, peaceful, historic and thought provoking place. There is certainly more to see than just Jim Morrison.