Père Lachaise Cemetery – and why you should visit!
Chances are high that you think I’am a weirdo when suggesting to visit a cemetery on your vacation. But hear me out!
Pére Lachaise is not only the biggest cemetery in the world but also the most visited! (See? I am not nuts!) 3.5 million visitors simply can’t be that wrong! But what makes this place so special?
First of all the amount of famous people that are found their last resting place within the walls of this cemetery: Frédéric Chopin, Édith Piaf, Molière and of course Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison! While the graves itself are interesting to see, the biggest adventure is to find them though. Scattered all over the place it’s truly a challenge, especially when it comes to the ones that are located in the old part of the cemetery. The streets and alleys are often rather suggestions than planned paths and even though there are maps at every entrance of the cemetery, often they just don’t help. It’s a maze left for you to discover.
“Not all that wander are lost” probably fits to no place better than the Père Lachaise cemetery .. Each grave is tells a different story – from mausoleums, simple stone plates, family graves, some so old that you barely can read the writing, some sunken, some forgotten. Many are representing the ethic diversity of Paris.
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise or the Père Lachaise Cemetery is located in the east of Paris, in the 20th arrondissement. Reserve at least 2 hours for your visit. The entrance is of course free and there are a few entrances all around.
How to get there: Metro line 2 and 3, get out at either Père Lachaise or Gambette.
Opening times: 8:00 – 18:00 (Saturdays 8:30 and Sundays 9:00
What else to do in the area? If you are in the area, don’t miss Belleville! You can read all about this Parisian village here
Pro Tip: Download the map of the cemetery here to have it handy when you’re there. There are no paper maps available at the sight itself.
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