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Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Last updated: 10 March, 2024

Pere Lachaise is the world’s most visited cemetery – hundreds of thousands of tourists come here annually to see the final resting places of France’s most flamboyant figures from the past 200 years.

Famous residents include painters Delacroix, Gericault and Ingres, writers Moliere, Balzac and Colette, composer Chopin, singers Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison, and the incomparable Oscar Wilde.

This sprawling 44-hectare park is also a feast of sculpture, with more than 69,000 ornate and ostentatious tombs. Fascinating and bizarrely enjoyable.

Logistics

Price from: £2
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The area is hilly, so it’s best to take the metro to Gambetta (near the tomb of Oscar Wilde), then walk downhill through the rest of the cemetery. Return via the Philippe Auguste metro station next to the main entrance, or Pere Lachaise metro station, 500m away.

A free map is available at the main entrance and better maps are available from vendors just outside the gates. You can also download a map (in French, but the famous names are obvious) from the main Paris website.

Wear comfortable shoes for navigating the cobbled pathways.

When to do it

The cemetery is open all year round, seven days a week.

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • Paris

The most surprising open-air museum in Paris, aka the Pere Lachaise Cemetery, is home to 70,000 graves and 5,300 trees in 44 hectares of landscaped beauty. Your expert guide will lead a small group (15 guests maximum) down the cobbled paths of this enchanted hill, world-renowned for its funerary art and as the final resting place for many great men and women from the world of art, music, literature and history. The necro-romantic safari, a tradition for generations of Parisians, is certified by the Paris Visitors Bureau and takes you on a trip with the time machine where the great celebrities of the past come alive. See the picturesque tombs of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Molière, Chopin, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein, Héloise and Abélard and many many others. Your licensed guide will provide a narrative of energy and passion, balancing humor with historical accuracy to share secrets and anecdotes about the legends of the past and present.

Price €20

Min age 0

Rating 4.89 / 5 [119 ratings]

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