"Cimetière Père Lachaise" Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Cimetière du Père Lachaise Tip by Pieter11

  Cimetiere Pere Lachaise
by Pieter11

The Père Lachaise Cemetary is the biggest and most interesting graveyard of Paris. A lot of very famous people are buried here. The cemetary is situated in the east of Paris on a green hill and it covers an area of 47 acres.

The first owners of the hill were the Jesuits. They built a rest home here. One of the frequent visitors of this center was Father La Chaise, the priest to who King Louis XIV confessed. Father in french is Père. The hill was bought from the Jesuits by the city of Paris in 1803.

Napoleon started to use the hill as a graveyard. The struggle of revolutionairies that tried to take over the power of Paris (The Commune of Paris) ended here. The last 147 members of this Commune were shot against the wall of the Cemetary. This wall now is known as the Wall of the Federalists.

At the entrance you can buy a map of the cemetary and you should, otherwise it is a total labyrinth. This map leads you to all the graves of famous people lying on the graveyard. A few of these people:
- De Musset
- Molière
- La Fontaine
- Alphonse Daudet
- Marcel Proust
- Balzac

- Chopin
- Bizet
- Dukas
- Cherubini

- Devid
- Corot
- Delacroix
- Daumier
- Seurat

- Auguste Comte
- Gay-Lussac
- Allan Kardec

And also:
- Edith Piaf
- Caroline Bonaparte
- And of course: Jim Morisson.

This walk will take you 1½ to 2 hours. In the southeast corner of the Cemetary there are four monuments in memoriy of the French that died during WO II.

Address: Metro: Père Lachaise
Directions: From november 6th - march 15th: monday - friday 08.00 - 17.30, saturday 08.30 - 17.30 and sunday 09.00 - 17.30.

From march 16th - november 5th: monday - friday 08.00 - 18.00, saturday 08.30 - 18.00 and sunday 09.00 - 18.00.

Entrance is free.

Phone: +33 1 55 25 82 10
Website: http://www.pere-lachaise.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 7, 2005
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