Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

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The Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris, France.

Designed by the French architect Alexandre-Théodore Brogniart (1739–1813), it was open in 1804 as a burial ground for all religious backgrounds.

It is estimated that there are over one million graves. The cemetery covers an area of about 44 hectares (110 acres).

Many famous people are buried in the graveyard: Molière (playwright/actor 1622–1673), Honore De Balzac (novelist and playwright; 1799–1850), Frederic Chopin (musician and composer; 1810–1849), Victor Noir (journalist; 1848–1870), Oscar Wilde (poet, playwriter, and novelist; 1854–1900), Marcel Proust (novelist, critic, and essayist; 1871–1922), Édith Piaf (cabaret singer/songwriter; 1915–1963), Jim Morrison (singer/songwriter and poet; 1943–1971).

Each year, Père Lachaise Cemetery has more than 3.5 million visitors, making it the most visited cemetery in the world.

Opening hours:
Mid-March to October:
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 6 pm
Sundays and holidays: 9 am to 6 pm.

November to mid-March:
Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Sundays and holidays: 9 am to 5:30 pm.

Free admission

16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France

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  1. wow, this is beyond gorgeous. Paris is such a pretty place to visit.

  2. Geraline Batarra8:56 AM, May 01, 2018

    Wow! Such a large cemetery and it looks so beautiful and clean. Paris is one of my bucket list and would love to see beautiful places there someday.

  3. Cemeteries give me the creeps, but seeing all those famous people buried here piqued my curiosity. Of course, I will have to visit in the daytime, haha! :)

  4. Normally I’m a little bit scared of cemetery’s, but this one is beautiful. I would love to visit Paris one day!

  5. I'm definitely putting this on my must visit list in paris, during the day... no way will I be seen in a cemetary at night

  6. I have never seen a cemeteries like this. This is so big and beautiful. I would love to go here once I visit PAris.

  7. Oh wow 3.5 million visitors a year, I guess that is because of the famous people who are buried there? It looks like a huge and emotional place to visit.

  8. Cemeteries just have a different vibe. I don't find them scary, each headstone has a story to tell.

  9. That is a beautiful place as a cemetery and 110 miles with over a million people buried there including the famous people like Jim Morrison.

  10. The wonderful thing that I love in Paris, France is that every place has an historic sigficant to its city, I went there so many time and I have heard already of this cementery. I'll visit it for sure next time.

  11. I wouldn't mind visiting this cemetery. It's definitely something that's worth seeing if you're in Paris. Especially if you're a fan of some of the famous people burried here.

  12. What a pretty cemetery. It's amazing how much beauty goes into preserving the memory of a loved one.

  13. Paris is absolutely gorgeous no matter what you are visiting. This looks like it would be such an awesome site to see while you are there.

  14. I love visiting cemeteries! They are so interesting, and reading the headstones (or at least the dates as I don't know French, lol) is always so fascinating!

  15. Such a beautiful place, Paris in general is gorgeous! I would love to go and visit there someday, thanks for sharing!