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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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The largest cemetery in the city, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery contains the graves of many famous French people buried over the past 200 years. The grave sites range from simple, unadorned headstones to towering monuments, and even elaborate mini chapels dedicated to the memory of well-known people or families. Many tombs are about the size and shape of a telephone booth, with just enough space to step inside, kneel to say a prayer, and leave some flowers. Over 1 million bodies are buried here, but you can download a listing with a map that shows the grave locations for the most prominent figures. At the secret ossuary behind the Aux Morts statue, see the bones of almost 2 million Parisians from all over the city, similar to the skull and bone ossuary from the famous Paris catacombs. See Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and all Paris has to offer by arranging your trip with our Paris trip itinerary planner.
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  • We took a photo of map in cemetery found all the grave We wanted to see Oscar wilde Jim morrison which was fence off could not get close as before even with map hard to find found edith piaf chopin... 
    We took a photo of map in cemetery found all the grave We wanted to see Oscar wilde Jim morrison which was fence off could not get close as before even with map hard to find found edith piaf chopin...  more »
  • Even with a map it is hard to find your way around the cemetery. Whether searching for the famous or just wandering through the cemetery, it is a peaceful place to stroll. Go early in the day to... 
    Even with a map it is hard to find your way around the cemetery. Whether searching for the famous or just wandering through the cemetery, it is a peaceful place to stroll. Go early in the day to...  more »
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  • Great place to get away from the buzz of the city! Calm atmosphere, it was interesting to walk along the graves that have been there for nearly 200 years. It was very fun to „run into“ some of my favourites artists, especially Jim Morrison, even though his grave is a little hidden behind a tree in second row. The cemetery also seems to be the meeting point for some locals, who were all very friendly! Great chance for a quick rest or just a nice walk.
  • Historic cemetery in Paris with many famous graves including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Marcel Proust. A very welcome green space with many birds. Many grand family crypts dating back to the 1700s. You could spend hours here but if you are more focussed in your visit them about an hour is probably enough. Free public toilets available near the gates in the middle part of the cemetery.

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