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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)

16 rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France
33 1 55 25 82 10
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Ranked #39 of 789 Attractions in Paris
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Cemeteries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Walking
Description: This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries - authors, writers, musicians and more.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Recently was able to spend 1 1/2 hrs touring the cemetery. The first placed I stopped were the memorials to the holocaust. These were awe inspiring and somber. Some of the statutes were amazing works of art. Spent the rest wondering around, following rick Steve's guide. (This is available as a iphone app download, $1.99, and worth it). It's a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I had planned this day for sometime....we had prepaid Eiffel Tower tickets for 9:30am and spent the morning there.....we then jumped on bus 69 right out front of the Tower and went to its final stop to where you walk to the left of MacDonalds restaurant into the cemetery's side entrance....just before walking in pick up a cemetery map at... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Fascinating cemetery and makes for a very nice walk, plus the interest of stumbling across famous names. What brought our rating down was the poor signposting! We walked around in circles for probably nearly an hour looking for Oscar Wilde, after checking the maps (few and far between at the corners of the sizeable plot) three times. It may be... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This cemetery is huge, but worth seeing not just for the luminaries who rest here, but also for the beautiful monuments that have been here for centuries. A friend and I enjoyed a madeline over the grave of Proust, marveled at Oscar Wilde's monument and admired Edith Piaf resting place, visited Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Chopin,many others too numerous to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

It was raining quite a bit, when I reached the cemetery. I decided to take a guide who was calling out Tata Tata meaning he will show me the tomb of J R D Tata. Just then an elderly Italian couple joined me . We saw the tombs of Collette, Delacroix, Sarah Bernard, Proust, J R D Tata, Oscar Wilde,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I loved this, but not everyone will. Fascinating memorials, including some very moving memorials to victims of WWII, including various concentration camps. Some of the sculptures on these monuments are great and moving modern pieces. Lots of graves of famous people (Colette, Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein, Chopin, Jim Morrison, etc) but some of the most fascinating are just normal people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Spent an hour or two walking through Pere-Lachaise last time we were in Paris. It was one of the highlights of the trip simply because it's just such a beautiful setting. The trees that line most of the ways are gorgeous and the light played through the leaves in such a fantastic way. There are quite a few famous people... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

So many famous people buried here, and so many beautiful, gaudy memorial stones. Also interesting memorials for Holocaust victims, and a lovely, strenuous, scenic walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I have just come back from a one day trip to Paris with a group of friends. We have all visited Paris several times, and have done all the major sights. However, none of us have ever been to this cemetery, although we have all heard about it. It is very beautiful, not at all gloomy, and rather uplifting. I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Walking around a cemetery may seem like a morbid, perhaps even macabre, way to spend an afternoon but it is certainly wasn't for me walking around the Pere Lachaise cemetery. The cemetery is the final resting place for many famous French people, although Jim Morrison of the Doors is, perhaps ironically, the main draw for many visitors. There is a... More

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