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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)

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Address: 16 rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France
Phone Number: 33 1 55 25 82 10
Activities: Walking
Description: 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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Beside being well cared like a park, this 20th arrondissement cemetery was established by Napoleon. So many famous and great people are buried here, from romantic story Abelard... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Beside being well cared like a park, this 20th arrondissement cemetery was established by Napoleon. So many famous and great people are buried here, from romantic story Abelard and Heloise, great Moliere, Sarah Bernhardt,Bizet, Chopin, Bruno Coquatrix, Isadora Duncan,tragic love story Modigliani and Hebuterne, always present funs at Jim Morrison grave, Edith Piaf in family Gassion tomb...simply history of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Our last day in Paris and what do you do after you have seen all the famous sites....see all the famous gravestones. We grabbed a map for a few euros and took off on a search for the big name graves. It was nice to just walk among some beautiful yet haunting sites. Chopin's grave was our favorite.

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Spent a very frustrating day at the Père Lachaise and left feeling very disappointed. As a tourist venue, it is a total shambles. I understand and respect that this is still very much a working cemetery but had naïvely expected that, as an important place of historical and cultural interest in Paris, there would be a plan of the cemetery... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

I attempted to visit the cemetary in the evening, without checking if there were opening hours. Sasly there are, and at the time went the cemetary was closed. On the positive, the cemetary is very easy to find.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Amazing grave yard but extremely hilly, with some really famous people, surprised to see a security guard at Jim Morrisons grave with it all fenced off, but the guard explained the have too, to stop damage the same with Oscar Wilde grave

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

The French illustrate an elegance in death. This is an exquisite cemetary, the statues, the crypts are amazing examples fine stone masonry and glazing, they vary in size from a English sized telephone box to a small chapel, and most are in very good condition, despite their age. If you are interested in music, and the Snake King, you will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

If you think this a tourist location, this is not. It is a place where you have to visit with some peaceful time to spend. Even better if you can read and find out a little bit about the people and their life and the mark they left in this world, who are buried here. Then you will be able... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had a great time walking through this old cemetery. It was well-kept, lovely and peaceful. The only downside was also one of the attractions - the beautiful cobbled paths. I was wearing what had always previously been comfortable walking shoes - low-heeled walking boots. However, they were apparently slightly loose and moved a bit on my feet as I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We spent an hour or two just wandering. It is a beautiful place, with so many fascinating crypts and tombs, architecture and nature. But it is also quite affecting to consider the passing of time when you visit, and the memorials to those who have lost their life, whether by air travel tragedy or war, are moving. It is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

You must get a map for this place as it is huge and there is no way you could find any gravestone you are seeking easily. Maps are available outside whichever entrance you decide to go to at about E2 There are maps inside the entrances which you can take a photo of to assist but would prefer to buy... More 

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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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