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Gauguin and Brel's burial ground; two iconic people

not a very well maintained cemetery, however, the view of the bay is spectacular. If you've visited... read more

Reviewed May 16, 2019
Marion W
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Seattle, Washington
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Special place on Hiva Oa. Very pretty in all directions. Could be properly maintained though! We... read more

Reviewed May 6, 2019
IrishCueTravel
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Cornelius, North Carolina
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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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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
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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
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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
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The Gauguin site is neglected, the Brel site is littered with personal comments on bits of paper strewn around
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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
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