Cimetière du Père Lachaise

Type: Historic Sites, Sightseeing



Map / Directions 10Best Says

Sightseeing: Named for Louis XIV's confessor, who once lived in the vicinity, this cemetery was established in 1804. It was planned as a repository for human remains when authorities sought to improve sanitation...  Read More
Historic Sites: Named for Louis XIV's confessor, who once lived in the vicinity, this cemetery was established in 1804. It was planned as a repository for human remains when authorities sought to improve sanitation...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Summer (Apr - Oct): Mon-Fri 8am-6pm; Sat 8:30am-6pm; Sun 9am-6pm
  • Winter (Nov - Mar): Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm; Sat 8:30am-5:30pm; Sun 9am-5:30pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Free

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  • Sightseeing, Historic Sites: "Schedule a whole day if you want to explore the entire cemetery: There are a whole 110 acres to cover and many famous tombstones to hunt down in addition to Jim Morrison's and Oscar Wilde's."
  • Best for Sightseeing Because: This cemetery, with its Jim Morrison claim to fame, is the second most visited site by tourists in Paris.
  • Best for Historic Sites Because: Napoleon, declared Emperor three days prior to the cemetery opening, proclaimed, "Every citizen has the right to be buried regardless of race or religion."

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