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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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  • Historic cemetery in Paris with many famous graves including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Marcel Proust. A very welcome green space with many birds. Many grand family crypts dating back to the 1700s. You could spend hours here but if you are more focussed in your visit them about an hour is probably enough. Free public toilets available near the gates in the middle part of the cemetery.
  • Such a beautiful and interesting place with so many graves. You could spend hours just wandering around taking it all in. The war sculptures are especially poignant

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