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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Grab some walking shoes, take the train -it's a 25 minute ride- and definitely get the map for easy navigation around the Cemetary. Such a beautiful and kinda creepy place all at the same time. It's big and lots of famous people are buried here. A few names I can remember off the top of my head are Moliere, Chopin, Jim Morrison, Bernard Shaw, Edith Piaf, Rossini, Honore de Balzac, Oscar Wilde and the painter Theodore Gericault; he painted the famous Raft of Medusa among many others! It's pretty cool to spend a couple of hours just wandering around and checking it out.

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

When irony kicks in and people say cemeteries are full of indispensable people, they are most certainly not talking about Pere Lachaise. Moliere, Chopin, Jim Morrison, Bernard Shaw, Edith Piaf, Rossini...amazing sculptures, a nice walk down the green forest, a bit of a journey of discovery to find some of the key graves and make your mind wonder through what made these people in completely disconnected worlds, special and end up in the same place! Although more of a boutique attraction (for your second trip to Paris perhaps) one well worth visiting!

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Fred F
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

We went for Jim Morrison. Chopin and Oscar Wilde are there as well. The entire cemetery is gorgeous - it's somber but beautiful. It's sad to see where vandalism has taken place.

Most importantly, get a map. Secondary importance is to wear good shoes. The graves may be easily missed and with lots of uneven ground to cover, you will want light but solid-gripping, reinforced shoes and will not want to double back too much.

Don't take a tour - you really should take this cemetery at a more personal pace. There is so much to explore and see. That said, it's easy to get lost. Get a map.

This activity is not recommended for families with children.

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Many of France's famous poets, composers, architects, and painters are buried in this beautiful cemetery. Jim Morrison's grave is well visited by Americans but is a little hard to find. I highly recommend a map that can be purchased at the entrance for a euro or two if you want to find specific graves. The memorial to holocaust victims is touching and strolling through this old-world cemetery is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. It is conveniently located midway between two metro stops. (To enter the cemetery at the front entrance, take the metro to the Gambetta stop, not the Pere Lachaise stop, take exit (sortie) #3, turn left, and follow signs to Pere Lachaise.) We wanted to see the final resting places for Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Gertrude Stein, and Jim Morrison, but it took a little time to find them. However, this gave us the chance to take in the cemetery surroundings and enjoy the place as we strolled the winding paths.

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Sue H
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

This was the best thing I did in Paris, on an early morning in Autumn. Few people, just a beautiful sense of peace with moments of awe and wonder. Unlike many sites you'll visit in Paris, the cemetery still performs the exact function it was intended for. It's not one step removed behind ropes, glass, entry tickets or lines of other people. Oddly this makes it feel more alive.

Don't approach Pere-Lachaise as a tourist. Don't buy a map and b-line for Jim Morrison. In fact, if you're that kind of tourist STAY AWAY. Go stand in a queue somewhere else. Instead, visit alone and just wander and wonder. You won't regret it.

Date of experience: September 2013
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