Calvary Cemetery

Calvary Cemetery, Hiva Oa

Calvary Cemetery
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A simple stone with the engraving "Paul Gauguin, 1903" marks the final resting place of the famous artist.
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Marion W
Seattle, WA739 contributions
Gauguin and Brel's burial ground; two iconic people
May 2019 • Friends
not a very well maintained cemetery, however, the view of the bay is spectacular.
If you've visited the Gauguin's 'House of Pleasure' at the museum you will see a photo of his grave that looks nothing like this one. No idea what happened beyond having read that there's quite a dispute about what occurred to his body after his death. Try and google it or find the book by Caroline Boyle Turner: Paul Gauguin & the Marquesas; Paradise Found? Fascinating stories about his life in the islands.
The ground is very uneven with steps, etc.
Written May 16, 2019
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RayICue
Cornelius, NC3,889 contributions
Must See
May 2019 • Couples
Special place on Hiva Oa. Very pretty in all directions. Could be properly maintained though! We did the car ride up the hill and recommend this is a steep rocky climb
Written May 6, 2019
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Amnon F
Tel Aviv District, Israel767 contributions
wish for myself such views
Jul 2018 • Couples
the cemetery itself isn't too special, yes Jacques Brel and Paul Gauguin both are buried here but rather ordinary graves to special people, However the views that they both have are overwhelming over the bay of Atuona and the surrounding mountains. wish i could have these views when my day comes...
Written July 16, 2018
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Reneperitz
Bainbridge Island, WA6 contributions
Strictly a visit to view an iconic place. A guided knowledge not available on print
Dec 2017 • Family
The Gauguin site is neglected, the Brel site is littered with personal comments on bits of paper strewn around
Written December 28, 2017
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AntarcticBound
Brisbane1,092 contributions
A bit of a walk but worth it
Oct 2017 • Couples
The hill from Atuona was a bit steep in the hot sun, but it was worth it to reach the cemetery where Paul Gauguin is buried. Also buried there is the Belgium singer Jacques Brel. People were stunned when I asked who Brel was, but was fully enlightened by the locals - to whom he was a hero and held in high regard. The cemetery command a beautiful view towards the ocean and is an excellent location.
Written December 2, 2017
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Susan L
Kailua-Kona20 contributions
Hike to the Cemetary
Nov 2016 • Couples
I enjoyed a nice walk from Atuona to the cemetary. I was able to see beautiful vistas along the way. Until this day, I didn't know much about Jacque Brel. Discovering Jacque Brel's story was so interesting. He was not only a musician but made it his personal mission to help the local people reach medical help. He owned a small red plane and took it upon himself to fly people in need of medical attention to Tahiti. Jacque Brel was something of a hero to the local people. Paul Gauguin on the other hand, did a lot of taking and not much giving back to the people of Hiva Oa.
Written October 6, 2017
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Earibal
Istanbul, Turkey513 contributions
Paul Gaugin and Jaques Brel
May 2017 • Couples
Both Paul Gaugin and Jaques Brel's graves are here. There is a poem nearby the Grave of Brel which touched me a lot. A good way to present your homage to these extraordinary artists is to visit their graves.
Written August 31, 2017
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Allgoodthyngs
Shrewsbury, UK1,704 contributions
Pretty with Stunning views
Apr 2017 • Couples
After visiting the Museum of Paul Gauguin it seemed very fitting to climb the hill to find his grave. the views form the top are simply stunning, a resting place seated atop a beautiful hillside. Very pretty and reasonably well kept. Uneven paths so take care.

We found some of the local youths hanging out there with loud music which was a shame as it spoilt our tranquil moment but on the other hand bought some life and vibrancy.

Don't be put of my the walk, its only 10 minutes even with stops and were knocking on a bit. Be sure to take water and wear a hat as it can be very hot and sunny or rainy.
Written August 3, 2017
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xIshidax
Badalona, Spain338 contributions
Cemetery with views
Jul 2017 • Couples
Is one of the few things to visit in your stay in Atuona or basically Hiva Oa island.
The best is the views and their 2 celebrity graves. The first one for Paul Gauguin, worth a visit and the second one Jacques Brel who, for the local people was more than a singer for Belgium as he helped everyone with his plane.
It is a good exercise to walk up there so have a strong breakfast!
Written July 21, 2017
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jmm73
Doha, Qatar846 contributions
Great view
Mar 2016 • Friends
It's a very steep walk up from town but, worth the view. A very small town with not a lot to do but, some nice houses to walk by
Written April 14, 2016
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