Père-Lachaise Cemetery
Père-Lachaise Cemetery
4.5
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries - authors, writers, musicians and more.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighborhood: Belleville / Père 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.
How to get there
  • Philippe Auguste • 3 min walk
  • Père Lachaise • 5 min walk
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  • Ana V
    Eugene, Oregon610 contributions
    Most beautiful cemetery I have visited
    This is a fascinating place to visit. It is amazing to see the care people took to design a resting place for their loved ones. The endless mini chapels are each unique and an architectural wonder. I imagine there were artists dedicated to the art of designing these chapels at the time. This is a site not to be missed on your visit to Paris. Purchase a map at the flower shop across the street from the Porte Gambetta for 2.50 Euros. You will find all the important graves you seek. The most impressive may not belong to names you seek. Be sure to look for Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein (there is a surprise on the backside of her tombstone), Edith Piaf and her daughter, Moliere, Frederic Chopin (one of the most beautiful tombs), Heloise and Abelard, and Jim Morrison (worse looking tomb-very messy).
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 9, 2023
  • JGilleese
    Greater Manchester, United Kingdom290 contributions
    Peaceful break from city hustle.
    We came for Jim Morrison but stayed for a peaceful walk. It's a large area with many different designs of monuments, from the small and meaningful to the large and elaborate. If you want a break from the Paris hustle and bustle, this is worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 14, 2023
  • BB Motley
    1 contribution
    A peaceful, surreal time.
    My mother and I walked through Pére-Lachaise in October of last year, and it was an excellent experience. It was really peaceful, and even though there were a number of people walking around, it felt very personal and secluded. We even saw a black cat and some beautiful birds. Our personal favorite was Chopin's burial site. I will definitely be returning on my next trip to Paris. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to visit such a historical place, with so many fascinating people to pay respects to.
    Visited October 2022
    Written April 15, 2023
  • bs64801
    Joplin, Missouri37 contributions
    Bring a map
    This cemetery is very beautiful but easy to get lost in. Luckily, we had printed a map and brought it with us that day. Even with the map, it can be hard to find your way around. We were able to find Jim Morrison and Chopin and Balzac. Could spend a lot of time walking around here. We went first thing in the morning when they opened and the weather couldn't have been better.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 8, 2023
  • beachlovernc2015
    Leland, North Carolina1,948 contributions
    Interesting place- but can be frustrating
    This is one of the most fascinating of cemeteries full of famous people but also some of the most wonderful memorials with sculptures both sad/emotional and thought provoking. We had a map we printed off however, it is not the easiest to follow. Some areas rather confusing. There are markers for the sections but it is not easy to find who you are looking for if they are not on one of the main avenues. This is quite a large place with many up hill climbs and steps so plan accordingly and you would want water with you. We did use Google to find a few of the graves but many that we wanted to see, we could not locate at all. If you are pressed for time, look in to taking a guided tour!! There were some with audio tours but even they looked a bit lost.
    Visited April 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Peter C
    Island of Malta, Malta2,540 contributions
    A unique experience
    Pere Lachaise is the world's most visited cemetery with many famous people buried there from Chopin and Rossini to Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Marcel Marceau. It is recommended to prepare your route beforehand to navigate through the maze of tombstones in a serene setting. There are many monuments, statues, chapels and works of art to enjoy. A unique experience.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Bruno V
    1,007 contributions
    Historic cemetery with lots of celebrities
    Download the maps from the website, so that you can easily find the tombs you are looking for. Many celebrities: Piaf, Wilde, Rossini, etc. Also have a look at the monuments dedicated to the Nazi extermination camp victims.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • nctraveler315
    Winston Salem, North Carolina169 contributions
    Something a little different
    We spent an afternoon here. When we arrived they did not have any maps so I recommend you download and print a map from the website. I did just in case and am glad I did. It gives location of many famous graves, but not all. Even with a map it is a challenge to find your way around and it is a given you will get lost at some point. Still it is like no cemetery we ever visited and even the "non-famous" graves are fascinating. Check out Oscar Wilde's grave. Apparently, women were putting on heavy red lipstick and kissing the stone. there is now a large plexiglass shield around the perimeter still full of "kisses"
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • Mark S
    Prague, Czech Republic1 contribution
    I was reluctant to do the tour and ended up loving it!
    I was in doubt about whether or not I would enjoy the tour - other than being with my companions, who really wanted to do it. And if we’d had an average guide I probably would not have. But Becky was PHENOMENAL! She is friendly and engaging and clearly loves being a guide. And she knows a lot not just about the people interred at P.L. , but also about the events and time periods that shaped those people and made them still relevant to us today. Plus she was full of interesting stories and anecdotes about the people. I was so surprised when the tour was over because there hadn’t been a dull or boring minute!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Frank Mills
    Market Drayton, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Peace and quiet in the heart of the city
    A fascinating place. Ancient yet still in use as there was a small funeral taking place in one area while we were there. Its huge though, so easy enough to avoid disrespecting the mourners. We spent a peaceful couple of hours walking in the shade of the trees, amongst the thousands of family sepulchres, and our two teenagers took up the challenge of finding the graves if Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, and learnt something in the process. Nice, peaceful diversion from the busy city.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 22, 2023
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Ron R
La Palma, CA25 contributions
May 2022
We hadn't been long in the cemetery and were at Chopin's grave. From out of nowhere, out pops an enthusiastic man in black with a black briefcase, describing how the Polish embassy brings flowers every week and telling us to follow him (free of charge of course . . . yeah, right). We chased him for an hour, taking shortcuts to various graves, tombs, crypts and monuments, taking in his fascinating stories. It was wild and worthwhile. Naturally, at the end we paid him 25 Euros (all the Euros we had) as well as $20 USD. If Raphael finds you (I wouldn't know how to contact him), we highly recommend his tour.
Written June 3, 2022
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Victoria B
Bedworth, UK81 contributions
Apr 2019
One of my favourite places on our trip to Paris. It is a beautiful place to visit and very peaceful. The grave stones are stunning and have some really unique designs. You could easily spend hours here walking around the various plots... we saw barely half of it due to limited time.
There are a few famous people buried here and they have a map at the entrance to help you find them but we went more to experience the Paris history and beauty of the place.
Written March 1, 2020
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,739 contributions
Oct 2019
So many of the grave monuments are artistic and can be views as works of art. Most people like to get a map and go see the sites for their favorites. I like to visit the memorial to the fallen from the Commune. Some great views of the city down below.
Written January 7, 2020
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bananafishfever
Florida525 contributions
Feb 2020
Just a warning so you don’t make the same mistake we did. We were looking forward to visiting this on our last day, but after taking the metro out here and walking up to the entrance, the guard informed us that the cemetery was closed because it was a windy day and they were concerned about falling branches. We encountered the same thing with the gardens at Musee Rodin being closed for wind the previous day. I’m not sure if they update closures on their website, but pay attention that it may be closed due to weather, even if the weather does not seem that bad to you :)
Written February 17, 2020
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Lainie L
New York City, NY198 contributions
Nov 2022
To say this cemetery is enormous is an understatement. There was no way I was going to tour this immense site on my own.

I signed up for a haunted tour of the cemetery with a guide, who took us to certain grave sites and gave us the creepy and sad backstories of each including Jim Morrison and the tragic love story of Heloïse and Abelard.

I learned so many intriguing facts about the origins of the cemetery, how it came to be, how the grave sites are arranged, and what you have to do in order to be buried here (a waiting list that rivals a Birkin list).

But there's good news: the upkeep (aka rent) of a burial site is not as expensive as you imagine! I was shocked myself, but in a good way!

Befitting a haunted tour, it began to rain as the tour wound down, and the guide cautioned we leave by 6 pm because no one wants to be there after dark.

We scurried out of there ASAP!

Come for a visit but I'd recommend a guide unless you have excellent directional skills. It's too easy to get lost and turned around.
Written November 29, 2022
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nctraveler315
Winston Salem, NC169 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
We spent an afternoon here. When we arrived they did not have any maps so I recommend you download and print a map from the website. I did just in case and am glad I did. It gives location of many famous graves, but not all. Even with a map it is a challenge to find your way around and it is a given you will get lost at some point. Still it is like no cemetery we ever visited and even the "non-famous" graves are fascinating.
Check out Oscar Wilde's grave. Apparently, women were putting on heavy red lipstick and kissing the stone. there is now a large plexiglass shield around the perimeter still full of "kisses"
Written July 15, 2023
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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,606 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
A very large cemetery that is worth a visit on a dry day. Graves of many famous people can be seen. I would recommend taking a photo of the map at the entrance on your mobile to make it easier to locate the various graves.
Written February 10, 2020
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Paul S
Sittingbourne, England, United Kingdom245 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
Have always wanted to go here and see Jim Morrison's grave. This Cemetery has its own metro station. Once inside there are maps of all the famous people buried there.

Its odd but morrisons grave is not on the map. However they will put it on for you. As you get to the grave there is a strong smell of dope from the people there. There is also a security guard there to protect the grave which is fenced in. There are a few JD bottles on the grave with a lot of graffiti around the grave. Constant groups arriving of all nationalities. Just the weirdest grave ever. The graveyard reads like a who is who of French celebrities and is huge.
Written November 18, 2021
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P85
Diekirch, Luxembourg154 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
An cemetery from the 19th century.
Of course a cemetery should not be classified as an attraction, however I still recommend a visit.
Its an impressive site, you can walk the little paths under the trees. Its a quiet yet oppressive mood, especially now in the fall. So take some time, don‘t hurry, stay respectful.
The people burrowed have different religions. Many visitors were looking for the „famous“ tombs, me myself I was more impressed by the ancient art works an by the graves from young people killed in the Bataclan or in the different wars. Those should not be forgotten.

The entry is free.
Written September 29, 2021
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Ana V
Eugene, OR610 contributions
Mar 2023
This is a fascinating place to visit. It is amazing to see the care people took to design a resting place for their loved ones. The endless mini chapels are each unique and an architectural wonder. I imagine there were artists dedicated to the art of designing these chapels at the time. This is a site not to be missed on your visit to Paris. Purchase a map at the flower shop across the street from the Porte Gambetta for 2.50 Euros. You will find all the important graves you seek. The most impressive may not belong to names you seek. Be sure to look for Oscar Wilde, Gertrude Stein (there is a surprise on the backside of her tombstone), Edith Piaf and her daughter, Moliere, Frederic Chopin (one of the most beautiful tombs), Heloise and Abelard, and Jim Morrison (worse looking tomb-very messy).
Written April 9, 2023
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