The Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris. This does not include the suburbs though, just the main city. It is also known as the East Cemetery or cimitiere de l'Est. It is said to be the most frequently visited cemetery in the world and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year as they come to view the final resting place of those who have impacted France over the years in ways great and small.
The cemetery is on the property of Pere Francois de la Chaise, the confessor to king Louis XIV. The property was bought in 1804 by the city and laid out by Alexandre-Theodore Brogniart under the orders of Napoleon. The first person to be buried here was a five year old girl, Adelaide Pailliard de Villeneuve.
The cemetery was not very popular as it was not on consecrated ground and was situated far from the original city of Paris. This was remedied by the transfer of the remains of La Fontaine, Moliere, Pierre Abelard and Heloise. This caused a sudden rise in popularity as people wished to have their remains rest in the vicinity of these much loved and respected personalities. The population of the cemetery has risen from 13 in the first year to over a million, not counting those who were cremated and their remains held in the crematorium.
The cemetery is still in operation today however you have to meet a number of criteria if you wish to be buried there. You have to pass away in the capital city and you have to be at the top of the waiting list as there are not many plots still available in Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. In many instances the remains of family members are interred in the same grave or tomb to save space.
There is no admission fee for those who wish to come to pay their respects. Many people like to enter via Oscar Wilde's tomb and then visit the rest of the cemetery from there. You will also be able to see the final resting place of Chopin, Rossini, Proust, Colette and Jim Morrison.
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.Hours This Week:
- 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
Address: Père Lachaise Cemetery, 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France
Phone: 01 55 25 82 10
Official Website: Père-Lachaise Cemetery
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How to get to Père-Lachaise Cemetery by Metro / RER
By Metro: Take Metro Line 2 or 3 to Père Lachaise Station; take the Menilmontant exit and look for the entrance through the stone wall directly across the street. (0 minutes).
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Ratedout of 5
Right next to metro but official entrance is a bit further down where you can collect a map or take a guided tour (in French-& a donation is expected). Edith Piaf is here also & you can spend days in here-so much to see-all free! Hours change via seasons. They ring a bell end of the day, make sure you are out or you will get locked in!☺ I went in back way and used Google maps to find the famous graves.
Yvette Maas - 8 days ago
This Cemetery is massive and beyond beautiful. If you see a man with curly hair and a worn leather jacket holding a binder go to him and he will give you an amazing tour. But do keep in mind he works for tips. He will take you every where and show you so many secret graves you may not find by yourself and he is an endless book of knowledge. Absolutely loved it!
Courtney Leeman - 1 month ago
It may seem morbid to want to spend your day in a cemetery, but walking through this aging burial ground is both relaxing and full of twists and turns. There are a few famous people buried here that you can visit, but beat of all; there is no cost in stopping though! Although finding a washroom is a bit of a difficulty; word to the wise.
Owen Clayton - 2 months ago
This is free! Gates open at 8am on weekdays. We visited at 11am, under the beautiful blue sky and a sunny day, it was chilly with morning wind. April. It is very beautiful and peaceful. AND GIGANTIC. And I don't mean the cemetery itself! I mean each stone is gigantic. I am shorter than everything. This is very big and there aren't a lot of exits once you enter the cemetery, so be prepared to stay in!
Kathy Ho - 4 months ago