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“A Paris landmark”

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.
Plymouth, Massachusetts
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“A Paris landmark”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Pere- Lachaise should definitely be on your list of sites to visit while in Paris. It has everything you would expect to see in Paris. Art and architecture, history, luminaries and romance. Well, romance may be a stretch but star crossed lovers Heloise and Abelard are together there. Yes, Jim Morrison is there and Oscar Wilde and many more people you have heard of or read about. But there are many more buried at Pere Lachaise. Unknown to most, their beautiful and amazing monuments and mausoleums all that remain. To be interred at Pere- Lachaise was to make a statement. There are also a number of striking memorials to the Holocaust which when taken together offer a stark reminder of Mans inhumanity to Man. So grab a map at the cemetery office and spend some time wandering through a true Paris landmark.

Visited April 2012
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“Melange du homage”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Lovely stroll through history: In what other venue can you find Oscar Wilde, Molière, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Marcel Marceau, Seurat and Rafael Leónidas Trujillo.

Visited April 2012
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“Pere-Lachaise Cemetery”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

I would definitely recommend a visit to Pere Lachaise Cemetry. Not everyone would class a cemetery as an attraction but it is well worth the journey. The Cemetery is too big to navigate without a map which was available at the entrance. They are available to download from the Cemetry website, then you can plan in advance. Most famous 'residents' whose resting places we visited were: Georges Bizet – French composer & conductor, Frederic Chopin – Polish composer (although his heart is said to be entombed in Poland), Eugene Delacroix – French painter, Isadora Duncan – American dancer, Marcel Marceau – French Mime, Moliere – 17th century French playwright, Jim Morrison – American singer for The Doors (remember to take a can to share with him), Edith Piaf – French singer, Oscar Wilde – Irish novelist & poet (can't be missed covered in graffiti) In fact too many to mention. Beat time is the morning as you need plenty of time to walk around and some of the graves are difficult to find. Beware of people offering to help you navigate the site, try not to engage in conversation.

Visited August 2012
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Provo, Utah
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“Wonderful time”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

What a great side trip, we really enjoyed attempting to find a few of the famous graves and stumbled upon others. A cool mixture of the cool and the creepy.

Visited August 2012
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Long Beach, California
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“Jim Morrison's burial place”
Reviewed March 20, 2013

I would definitely recommend a visit to Pere Lachaise to anyone visiting Paris. Many famous authors and artists are buried here. We went specifically for Jim Morrison but were surprised to find many more big names. There is obviously barricades around some of the graves, but many people still bring flowers and items to place there. Jim Morrison's grave had many bouquets, pictures, etc. It is a big place though so definitely grab a map on your way in. Also, try to go earlier in the day - we got kicked out because it was closing and we weren't able to see all that we wanted to.

Visited July 2012
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