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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
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Owner description: This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries - authors, writers, musicians and more.
Reviewed December 17, 2012

I have been here at least three times and each time is another learning experience. The cemetary contains a number of persons who left a legacy of importance. One thing that may make you scratch your head is the Spray painted arrows on some grave stones pointing to Jim Morrison's Grave site. My last visit was over 10 years ago but this sacred place left a place in my memory that will remain with me forever. Some other notable persons who have made this their last resting place includes Chopin for his Music, De Lesseps who was instrumental in the construction of the Suez Canal. He also had grand plans for the building of the Panama Canal but his dreams were held in check due to the extreme complexity of the terrain where the canal was eventually built. Oscar Wilde's grave stone is quite massive compared to most 2' x 3' grave stones. It's probably at least 4' x 6' with scrawled writings founs on practically every inch of it. Seems like he had a number of female admires where they would leave their lips imprinted on the stone which if I read correctly have been cleaned off extensively. I also recall a fairly large monument there in honor of The "Holocaust" Victims. This stop will give you a chance to reflect about life and death and how others are placed in their final resting place. You can easily get here as it is right on the METRO. Highly recommend a stop here.

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

I make it a point to stop by here each time I am in Paris in summer (longer daylight/opening hours) to visit the graves of Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, of course. The former's grave is covered with graffiti and quotes from his writings whilst the latter's tomb now has a metal barrier set up around the new gravestone.

Nice, peaceful trot around an open air museum which showcases mausoleums from different eras and if you are lucky, maybe one of the many guides will give you a free tour and tell you stories of the celebs buried here!

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

First things first, this experience is not for everyone. This is a graveyard, so not all people will enjoy the macabre beauty and sense of loss and honoring those who have passed. I would not recommend it for a family with small or teenage children or anyone traveling with elderly family members. For a single adult or a couple this is a beautiful and moving adventure. If you go, invest in a detailed map of the cemetery, which you can purchase from any nearby florist for about 2 euros. I suggest entering the cemetery from the back side rather than the main front entrance. If you enter from the back the walk through the cemetery will be mostly downhill rather than a giant climb up a steep hill. The graves of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Gertrude Stein, Jim Morrison, Heloise & Abelard, Moliere and many others reside here. This is a great stop for history buffs, literary fanatics or those looking for something off the beaten path. Allow 3-4 hours for your trip out there, walk through the cemetery and trip back into the heart of Paris. Wear comfortable walking shoes as the terrain is uneven. Make sure you have tissues handy as you're likely to shed tear (expected or otherwise). Enjoy!

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Too many famous, and in-famous people reside here now to list. Jim Morrison is one of the minor artists here but is worth a visit. Take a Metro or two to get here and see the real Paris.

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Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had our Rick Steves map and were able to locate the graves on his list. The morning was perfect for the walk. Cool, gray and a bit eerie. Jim Morrison's grave had the crowd and the fresh flowers, but the most impressive was Abelard and Heloise. Worth trip on a winter's day. Small crowds and easy to get to via the Metro

3  Thank Joel A
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