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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)

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Belleville / Pere Lachaise
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Address: 16 rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France
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+33 1 55 25 82 10

This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries -...

This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries - authors, writers, musicians and more.

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We took the Metro from Charles De Gaulle Etoile. Coming out of the Metro station is a newsstand selling maps, etc. We bought a map for 2.50 Euros, it was perfect. It had the... read more

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We took the Metro from Charles De Gaulle Etoile. Coming out of the Metro station is a newsstand selling maps, etc. We bought a map for 2.50 Euros, it was perfect. It had the layout and names of the famous people buried there. The cemetery was directly across the street. Following the map was easy to find Jim Morrisson's grave.... More 

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Newfane, Vermont
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C'mon, indulge your morbid side! Buy a map. Don't troop around with a guide, let your own fantasy into the past of lost heroes and villains, incredibly famous and completely unknown all together in final dance macabre!

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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Large, older cemetery where many famous people are buried. It is a great place to wander and look at the graves and the inscriptions. It is more crowded than any other cemetery, but still not that bad. you will constantly see people so if you seek solitude, choose another cemetery. You can look online for a map or just take... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really beautiful, and quiet. There's a map at the gate and we also found one online, The lanes are signposted so it's pretty easy to find what you want, though it may take a bit of looking around within the sections. if you get off at gambetta metro, you can walk from the back entrance to the front, and it's... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to Pere-Lachaise intrigued by the range of people buried there.Easy to get to and forewarned, we had maps and notes from the internet and various guides, and looking forward to seeing the famous tombs. We were disappointed - the signage is poor and confusing and frankly the maps we had from very well know guides were useless on... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A huge cemetery dating from the early 19th century, this is the final resting place of an amazing number of artists, musicians, authors, poets, philosophers, etc. Although many Americans visit it for the grave of Jim Morrison, we went to pay homage at Chopin's grave. There is a map that gives the locations of an astonishing number of names you... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pere Lachaise cemetery is one of the most visited cemeteries in Paris. It is a large area (43.2 ha) so the visit might take a couple of hours and a lot of walking depending on what you want to see. It is easy access via public transport. The cemetery has 3 different gates which all close to bus stops and... More 

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This was an intriguing place to visit and there are some very famous memorial that you visit and pay homage to. I had no idea of just how big an area this place covered, and it is very easy to get lost so make sure you have some sort of a map. Some of the people buried here include Oscar... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an absolutely fantastic experience. One moment we were searching the cemetery for Jim Morrison's grave and the next we were facing the final resting places of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Marcel Marceau. This cemetery is absolutely gorgeous and the crypts are eye-popping. What a great walk through time. We were fortunate enough to find a very funny guide... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a little off the center. The walk through the cemetery is quiet and beautiful. If you are in Paris for a while and have an afternoon to spare, this would be perfect. It was also kind of cool to see the graves of famous people.

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Belleville / Pere Lachaise
At the eastern edge of Paris lies Belleville / Père Lachaise, an understated wonderland of local treasures. Alongside the world-famous cemetery, family-owned delicatessens and cafés nestle between local stores and establishments. The richness of the population here has created a little Chinatown of Asian restaurants, and the area comes to life at night by a funky underground scene. Façades change from one street to another as one passes from white walled provincial homes to tall blocks and reconverted homes. The whole area is an inspirational mix of people from all corners of the world frequented by artists, students, immigrants, and Parisian families. Once home to supporters of the Paris commune, its rebellious nature is now offset by its rural charms.
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