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: NoHours 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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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
Chopin, Piaf, Morrison, Haussmann..... you name it and they are all resting here. It's grand scale of cemeteries make you feel like you're at an amusement park rather. There's a very strange rule here that PERMITTED CARS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM AROUND INSIDE THE CEMETRY WHERE AS BIKES CAN'T EVEN ENTER THE GATE. I wonder which is more dangerous to the pedestrians and to the envrionment.
Barbes Rocherchouart - 6 days 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 - 18 days ago
Who knew a cemetery could be so beautiful. Some of these mausoleums are beautiful works of art. You could spend hours walking the different streets and not see all of this place.
Michael Romero - 1 month ago
I could not have imagined such a place before I visited this beautiful cemetery which has a quite and serene atmosphere. It is a truly humbling place and you get to witness many family legacies and beautiful gardens. The highlights were Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
Swati Mandloi - 2 months ago
Definitely download the map from the website if you are looking for anything in particular. I spent a long time wandering around searching for the grave of Edith Piaf and finally found it after asking a caretaker for directions - it's right near the path! We got to see the memorable process of a grave apparently being dug up (end of lease perhaps)? Which we spotted from for away with the help of the strong scent of burning incense. Never seen anything like that before. It's well worth visiting just to enjoy the views from the hill, the quiet seclusion, and the beautiful monuments - rather than just visiting the celebrities and then leaving.
Sylvia Sippl - 5 months ago