Open Hours:Mar 16-first week in Nov: 8a-6p M-F, 8:30a-6p Sa, 9a-6p Su, second week in Nov-Mar 15: 8a-5:30p M-F, 8:30a-5:30p Sa, 9a-5:30p Su
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- Père-Lachaise CemeteryOct 05, 2012
Père Lachaise is not your average cemetery...it is the biggest cemetery in Paris and considered one of the most popular in the world. This cemetery houses elaborate tombstones of important figures such as Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Charles Chaplin, Eugene Delacroix, Georges Melies, Guillaume Apollinaire, Honoré de Balzac, Molière, etc.
- Père-Lachaise CemeteryOct 05, 2012
The overwhelming sense of serenity is the first thing one notices upon entering the enormous stone archway of this famous resting place. Staged like an expansive city park, local Parisians picnic on the manicured lawns, lounge with a book on the benches and take meandering strolls through the quaint, tree-lined pathways. Though always a small gathering of tourists around the cemetery's most famous residents (notably, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Isadora Duncan, Edith Piaf, among others), the sprawling size of the property often makes you feel like you have the place all to yourself. Before entering the immense concrete gates that separate the urban bustle of crowded Paris from the quiet oasis of Pere-Lachaise, note the carved torches above the door, their concrete flames rising high and proud. Once inside the cemetary, however, the carved torches hang upsidedown. This symbolic discrepancy divides the bright world of the living outside the cemetary walls from those inside whose light has been snuffed out. A lesser known grave, but one worth exploring, is that of Victor Noir. A life-sized bronze statue of the young, handsome journalist tops his grave - one that exhibits signs of wear from years of visitors' rubbing. Legend has it that a touch to the crotch of Noir's statue will bring pregnancy, while a kiss to the lips will bring marriage. Upon my visit to this site, a woman had just left a bouquet of flowers by Noir's effigy with a photo of a newborn baby tied to it with ribbon. The inscription on the back of the photo read: "merci pour le petit garcon" (thank you for the little baby boy).
- Père-Lachaise CemeterySep 26, 2012
This is what a proper cemetery should look like...
The resting place of many famous and infamous people... Though one of its most famous recent residents... The Doors singer Jim Morrison's has a very modest grave by comparison to some here...
Oscar Wilde's is another tomb to seek out a beautiful flying angel by the sculptor Jacob Epstein... Since the 1990's a practice of sealing ones visit to it with a kiss has become a cause of concern... The constant cleaning off of lipstick has been damaging the stone... Though a lot more damage was done when someone stole Oscar's guardian angels penis... Be quite a talking point at parties if you have that on your mantlepiece... I understand the tomb is now protected by glass to prevent further damage...
Do be wary of unofficial guides offering there services then demanding cash...
- Père-Lachaise CemeteryCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 8Sep 16, 2012
It's not usual that cemeteries are a tourist attraction, but if you want to see lots of famous (dead) celebrities, it's a neat place to check out. Pere-Lachaise cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and most popular for celebrities such as Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Jim Morrison, Sarah Bernhardt, Modligiani, and many other famous notable French people.
- Père-Lachaise CemeterySep 01, 2012
The locals have always called the City of the Dead. Named after Father Lachaise, this is the ultimate cemetery. Jim Morrison's burial plot is disappointing, to say the least. It has been desecrated so many times that the groundkeepers have, I assume, just let it go. Never fear though, there are many other breathtakingly beautiful tombs and monuments to satisfy even the most romanticly morbid of us.
- Père-Lachaise CemeteryMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Aug 28, 2012
The Pere-Laachaise Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Paris. If you're going to visit the cemetery, be careful because it's in a very bad neighborhood. Many of the great artists, politicians, and military leaders are buried here including Chopin, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrisson, etc.
- Père-Lachaise CemeteryMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Jul 10, 2012
Boulevard de Ménilmontant. You can go see Jim Morrison's grave, I paid my respects because I like his poetry, but Oscar Wilde's tomb is the one to see I think. One of the great playwrights in English literature, someone who gave me laughs. It is a remarkable art deco sculpture. Read the things people right on it, especially in the back. Other interesting graves to see are those of Jean-François Champollion the archaeologist who deciphered the Egyptian hieroglyphics; and the poet Guillaume Apollinaire who made me intoxicated; the great Molière; Marcel Proust; and Georges Seurat.
- Père-Lachaise CemeteryJul 05, 2012
if you look for a city map, you'll find it on this cemetry. See the graveyards of Oskar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, hold out for Chopin and part of Karl Marx' family, get impressed by the monuments to remind the millons of people slain in the concentration camps and put down a flower at the martyrs' wall to honour the Paris Commune
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Aliases: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise