"Walking through graves?!" Pere Lachaise Cemetery - Cimetière du Père Lachaise Tip by mindcrime

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Can you picture what will be / So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger's hand / In a...desperate land

The Doors:The End (1967)

Maybe it sounds strange to visit a graveyard but this is Cimetiere du Père Lachaise, world?s most visited cemetery! Although we visited some other cemeteries since then (especially in New Orleans) this was the first one and we had some awkward feelings.
From another point of view you can see it as a big peaceful park that gives you a chance to escape from the noise of the city. I was expecting to see many people there but hopefully in mid October was pretty empty? apart from the permanent residents of course :)

So, what you can do here? First of all you will have the chance see the last stop of famous persons from France and beyond, like Molière, Chopin, Edith Piaf, La Fontaine, Jim Morisson, Allan Kardec, Héloïse and Abélard, Chappe, Victor Noir, Oscar Wilde, Berlioz, Modigliani, Proust etc...
What's more there are some beautiful statues, odd graves (from a total of 69,000 tombs), plenty for benches for breaks and numerous nice passages through hills to walk through on your way to (dead) celebrity hunting...

The entrance is free.

You can get a free map at the gate of the cemetery if you're after specific tombs...
Last but not least you can have a virtual tour at:
http://www.pere-lachaise.com/perelachaise.php?lang=en

Address: 16 rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
Directions: Take Metro (line 2) to Philippe Auguste
Phone: +33 1 55 25 82 10
Website: http://www.pere-lachaise.com

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  • Updated Dec 31, 2014
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