Père Lachaise Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise [simtjɛʁ dy pɛʁ laʃɛːz]; formerly cimetière de l'Est, "Cemetery of the East") is the largest cemetery in Paris, France (44 hectares or 110 acres). With more than 3.5 million visitors annually, it is the most visited necropolis in the world. Notable figures in the arts buried at Pere Lachaise include Frédéric Chopin, Édith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, J.R.D. Tata, and Jim Morrison.
The Père Lachaise is located in the 20th arrondissement and was the first garden cemetery, as well as the first municipal cemetery in Paris. It is also the site of three World War I memorials. The cemetery is located on the Boulevard de Ménilmontant. The Paris Métro station Philippe Auguste on Line 2 is next to the main entrance, while the station Père Lachaise, on both Line 2 and Line 3, is 500 meters away near a side entrance.
|Monday||8:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||8:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||8:30 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
David Punter | Dec 6, 2017
What an incredible place to visit. Rammed full of history, outstanding architecture, well maintained gardens, and a sprinkling of celebrity... It's hard to believe I'm talking about a cemetery! Walking around in silence and contemplation, simply admiring the beauty of the tombs and monuments that line this huge area, is a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Lots to take in, but please remember to be respectful of your surroundings - funerals do still happen on site.
P Collins | Nov 17, 2017
Awesome! I love this place. I try to go every time I'm in Paris. It's worth the effort. Some people have complained about the people who run this place, but they're a bunch of whiners. The staff, here, have been nothing but helpful, and they've always looked out for me--even the last time when I brought along a flask and was borderline drunk. The nice gentleman picked me up at closing time and drove me to the nearest exit--with a smile. I don't know why people think the French are rude. Try going to Manhattan! Jim, Frederic, Oscar, Moliere are not to be missed. Some guy was playing "The End" at Jim's grave, and that, honestly, might have been one of the best moments of my illustrious life.
Adv Decals | Feb 15, 2018
So much history and just a beautiful peaceful place to visit when in Paris. There are online guides with GPS coordinates to the various celebrity graves. Viewing the various styles of architecture over time, from the ornate to the simple. The most touching and tearful moment was when I came across the simple grave of a Suzon Garrigues, a 21 year old young lady who was killed at the Bataclan terrorist attack in Paris in Nov. 2015. R.I.P. (Photo below) I've gone to visit Père Lachaise on more than one occasion and made new discoveries every time. There's a WC for public use on site.
Tea Marlichan | Feb 20, 2018
beautiful and peaceful place to visit. however, don't get lost! ;)
Corinne Pascal | Jan 5, 2018
Fantastic for tourists rich with history and incredibly well maintained my visit was for administrative services & despite being late for my appointment the staff were amazing & very helpful!
Shillyboy Letsoalo | Mar 31, 2018
I just used to wake up and choose where to go. For this visit, I remembered an Oscar Wilde book I had read with some students. I didn't know much about the cemetery but I went there. The graves are as unique as you'd expect for celebrities but quite nice when you consider how long they'd been around. There's a hall with recent small memorials for other people. It gave me the impression that it's too difficult for the French to reach the age of 80, 50 years seems to be a ripe old age.
Teo S | Mar 26, 2018
It is a must see while in Paris! Quite place, very interesting where big names in art,music,politics,architecture were buried. Jim Morrison’s grave is quite easy to find using Google Maps. The Crematorium building and surroundings it’s a must see!
Cristina Mg | Mar 21, 2018
Lovely place to relax and take photos. You're not allowed to jog here 'cause it's not technically a park but it has great views and it's great if you're looking for some quiet time to yourself!
Emilie Poccioli | Mar 26, 2018
Amazing place!!! Make sure you have a map of the cemetery if you're looking for specific graves. The place is huge and some graves are pretty hard to find like Edith Piaf's one
Soheil Jafari | Apr 14, 2018
A must see in Paris ! , Don't hesitate to put it in your top 10 when you visit Paris. You can visit the graves of many many famous people from Balzac to Oscar Wilde and etc. Very good metro access at both North and south side of the cemetery. It is like a museum with the style of British gardens. The entrance is free and toilets are available. If you search for someone especial, try to find the grave address before going to the cemetery as the provided map is not complete.
VampiraVonGhoulscout | May 6, 2018
I was apprehensive about visiting this place after the massive drama that happened with Black Friday and being goth myself didn't want to cause any trouble. I had to visit disguised as a normal person. But I am a huge fan of The Doors so I had to see it at some point. Absolutely stunning in November. The leaves were still falling off the tress and there was a sea of golden foliage everywhere. A few steep stairs to climb but worth it for the crumbling tombs and moss covered statues. One of my favorite places to visit in Paris. And it's HUGE. You could spend all day there trying to navigate it.
MED DAVID | Apr 19, 2018
A wonderful place, once in Paris you have to visit it, the biggest cemetery there! many many famous people, actors, singers, artists, painters, poets, authors and many others! really one of the best places I have visited in Paris, thanks to my friend who told me about it 😘
Mark Doctoroff | May 15, 2018
It is not often that one visits a cemetery while "being a tourist"!! Pere-Lachaise cemetery was started 214 years ago, and to gain entry, one must have either died or lived in Paris. While living or dying in Paris is essential for entry, it only gets one on the very long "waiting list". This is Paris' largest cemetery and covers about 110 acres, or about 4.7 million square feet. Many people [take the Metro number 3 line] come to see a bit of history and have a pleasant, informative walk. I hope that this review has been helpful!!
Pierre & Ju Haye | Jun 5, 2018
Definitely worth visiting! We have been there only once and will definitely go back to discover more of this magnificent and peaceful place. There are so many famous people buried there, from Yves Montand, Paul Eluard, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, to Balzac or Sarah Bernhardt. It is a very large place and I would recommend to do it in several space. We were there on a sunny day, which made the stained glass of some the tomb come out with magnificent colours. A personal favourite is the cremation area.
Alyssa Galaro | Jul 4, 2018
My first time visiting a cemetery as a tourist! This cemetery is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. It's on a hill, so if you walk to the top you can also see some awesome views of the city. We were staying in the 6th arrondissement so it was a little annoying to get to, but not so bad by the metro.
vanita tripathi | Jul 31, 2018
I never thought visiting the cemetery could such be a wonderful experience of my life. It was nice and beautiful to see the century old history at one place. It was very peaceful, the air was fresh and looking the tombstones, it's dates was really fascinating... Highly recommended!!
Das Mitch | Aug 4, 2018
An amazing place. I came to see Jim but found so many more famous people than I realized I would. Check it out
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