Père-Lachaise Cemetery

The Père-Lachaise Cemetery is one of the most renowned cemeteries in the world

Tree lined walkway through the Père-Lachaise Cemetery
Tree lined walkway through the Père-Lachaise Cemetery cc licensed photo by extranoise

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 Visit

Fee: No

Open Now

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: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France

Phone: 01 55 25 82 10

Official Website: Père-Lachaise Cemetery

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Directions

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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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Père Lachaise Cemetery Star Rating

5 Star Rating The famous cemetery of Paris, every time full of people in front of Jim's grave. It is not possible to see everything in one day, at the entrance you can buy the map and prepare your feet for a long walk.

Zoran Lutovac - 7 days ago

5 Star Rating Huge and astonishing place. Many old monuments and tombstones of famous people.

S.H. Animations - 16 days ago

5 Star Rating Great stroll if you are in the area. We went in the fall so the turning of the leaves added to the ambiance. Can be a bit of a walk, particularly if you do the whole cemetery, and it is located on a hill with cobblestone streets, so best to wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes in the winter as it can get windy in and around the cemetery. The Morrison tomb is gated off but you can still catch a glimpse from behind the fence.

Veronica Lopez - 29 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful cemetery that you can enjoy and pay respect to the over 33,000 graves including famous and amazing people such as CHOPIN, Edith, Jim Morrison and Rothschild. Toilets are available at the main entrance gate and located close to other amenities.

Ken Adams - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating We were staying nearby so thought we'd visit the cemetery for a walk on our last day in Paris - it's not a typical tourist site but makes for an interesting trip. We bought a map at the entrance for 2.50 euro and only covered the north west quadrant in the time we were there. It is large and you could spend all day there if you're really keen. It was interesting to see the grave sites of some famous historical figures and also just to wander around and look at the variety of stones and adornments.

Clare Milford - 4 months ago

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