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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise)
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Paris 2-Hour Small Group Tour of Pere Lachaise...
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This famous cemetery is the burial site of numerous French luminaries - authors, writers, musicians and more.
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Mlany of us have a particular reverence for a favourite author, politician or artist, and for us, a visit to their grave can be a spiritual experience. Père Lachaise is the resting place of many celebrities: Molière, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and others. The Wikipedia entry for Père Lachaise contains a list of celebrities buried there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C3%A8re_Lachaise_Cemetery .If you visit Père Lachaise, you should know that it's on a slant, it's big, it's cluttered with graves and mausoleums, the layout isn't along a grid pattern (far from it), and the lanes are paved with cobblestones. Bring water, a good pair of walking shoes, get a map of the cemetery from a local vendor, and if you're taking the Metro there, get off at the Gambetta station rather than the 'Père Lachaise' one -- it's higher up, so you start at the top and work your way down. Know also that graves and mausoleums are chock-a-block, several rows deep, and that the grave you may be looking for may not be 'up-front', right on the lane. You may have to look around before you spot it, and it may be behind a more prominent one, and not as obvious. Watch other visitors who are likely looking for the same site as you -- a cluster of people is a good sign. Entrance is free. Take your time and enjoy.

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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.

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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!

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.

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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.

Thank Sue H
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