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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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The largest cemetery in the city, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery contains the graves of many famous French people buried over the past 200 years. The grave sites range from simple, unadorned headstones to towering monuments, and even elaborate mini chapels dedicated to the memory of well-known people or families. Many tombs are about the size and shape of a telephone booth, with just enough space to step inside, kneel to say a prayer, and leave some flowers. Over 1 million bodies are buried here, but you can download a listing with a map that shows the grave locations for the most prominent figures. At the secret ossuary behind the Aux Morts statue, see the bones of almost 2 million Parisians from all over the city, similar to the skull and bone ossuary from the famous Paris catacombs. See Pere-Lachaise Cemetery and all Paris has to offer by arranging your trip with our Paris trip itinerary planner.
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  • I stopped by this after a visit to Montparnasse Cemetary, and I was amazed by how much bigger and spacious it was. Both of them have their charm, but this is the better of the two if you want to go... 
    I stopped by this after a visit to Montparnasse Cemetary, and I was amazed by how much bigger and spacious it was. Both of them have their charm, but this is the better of the two if you want to go...  more »
  • Such a beautiful place. I could of spent hours here but we had other places to go and see. The beauty of the place is wonderful. The weather was perfect. It still is a “ working” cemetery, so be.....  more
    Such a beautiful place. I could of spent hours here but we had other places to go and see. The beauty of the place is wonderful. The weather was perfect. It still is a “ working” cemetery, so be.....  more »
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  • This cemetery was amazing. Beautiful tree line paths everywhere. The tombs were works of art. Very peaceful areas. Get lost if you dare. I used my google maps to maneuver and discover. I went in the morning and there were many birds chirping and food searching. I highly recommend visiting this beautiful cemetery.
  • Great place to get away from the buzz of the city! Calm atmosphere, it was interesting to walk along the graves that have been there for nearly 200 years. It was very fun to „run into“ some of my favourites artists, especially Jim Morrison, even though his grave is a little hidden behind a tree in second row. The cemetery also seems to be the meeting point for some locals, who were all very friendly! Great chance for a quick rest or just a nice walk.

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