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Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise
Type: Historic Sites, 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
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 by moving graves from the center of the city to its outskirts. Now park-like in its appeal, Pere Lachaise is a much-desired place to be buried. Within its bounds are the graves of Moliere, Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Chopin, Edith Piaf, Sarah Bernhardt, Marcel Proust, and other famous figures. The very first burial at the cemetery however was Adelaide Paillard de Villeneuve, a five-year-old girl who was the daughter of a bell-boy. Her grave no longer exists today because it was a temporary concession. Stately trees and beautiful memorials add to the cemetery's present-day calm. METRO: Pere Lachaise, Philippe Auguste
- 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
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Up until 2014, of the 73 people buried at the Panthéon, 71 were men; there are now two additional women, thanks to President Hollande.
- 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."