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Père-Lachaise Cemetery Paris

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Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Information and tips about visiting the Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. Practical information about the location, opening hours, and guided tours for the cemetery can be found at parisbypierre.com.

Père-Lachaise Tours and Information

Address: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
Metro: Philippe Auguste or Père-Lachaise stop - Line 2 or 3
Admission:
  • Entrance to the Père-Lachaise Cemetery is free
  • Tickets for a guided tour of the Pere-Lachaise cemetery from 19 € (Book your tickets)
  • Tip: Due to its enormous size, Cimetière du Père-Lachaise can feel like a maze. If you want to avoid this and visit the cemetery in a more structured way, then an organized tour can be a good option. For additional information, please click here
Opening hours:
  • Open daily from April to September from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Open daily from October to March from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed:
  • January 1st, May 1st, May 8th, July 14th, August 15th, November 1st, November 11th, and December 25th
  • The cemetery is also closed on Christian holidays

Père-Lachaise is the largest and best-known cemetery in Paris. The cemetery is known for its beautiful gravestones, manly in a Gothic style. It is located in the twentieth district of Paris, on a hill named Champ-l'Évêque. There are occasionally differences in height at the cemetery, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy amazing views of Paris.

Visiting Père-Lachaise in Paris, France

At Père-Lachaise, you can visit the graves of several French and foreign celebrities. The graves of Oscar Wilde, Fréderic Chopin, Jean de La Fontaine, Jim Morrison, and famous French singer Edith Piaf can be found at the cemetery. To find your way around the cemetery, it can be helpful to download a map of Pére-Lachaise.

The immense cemetery has several entrances. The main entrance is located at 8 Boulevard de Mebonilmontant. Père-Lachise is popular among Paris tourists. If you wish to avoid crowds as much as possible, it is best to visit the cemetery in the morning. There are no food or beverage stands at the cemetery. Therefore, it is recommended that you pack some food and drinks. Wearing comfy shoes is also a good idea because not all walking paths are well maintained. The cemetery is free to enter.

Visit the Père-Lachaise Cemetery and Tours

You may explore Cimetière du Père-Lachaise on your own, which is ideal if you want to be startled by the unique gravestones you come across. Booking a guided tour is a good idea if you want to ensure that you visit the cemetery’s most impressive tombstones. For additional information, please click here

Cimetière du Père-LachaiseVisit Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris, France
begraafplaats Père-LachaiseGrave monument at Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris

History of the Père-Lachaise Cemetery

In 1801, Pére-Lachaise became the new cemetery in Paris. It was the first cemetery outside the walls of the French capital. Pére-Lachaise was originally located in a poor and working-class neighborhood. To enhance the cemetery’s prestige, the choice was made to transfer the remains of several prominent French citizens to Père-Lachaise. This plan was successful. Around 1830, the cemetery had more than 33,000 graves, including the beautiful grave monuments of wealthy French citizens.

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise has been expanded five times, and as a result, it is now an enormous estate. Today, the cemetery has more than 69,000 tombstones and about 5,300 trees. The Parisian authorities manage the cemetery and its surroundings. Since the 1950s, the cemetery has been full. Only when a grave concession expires may a new tombstone be added.


Tours Père-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris


Video: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris, France

 


How do I get to Père-Lachaise?

The Paris metro is a convenient and easy way to visit Père-Lachaise. The cemetery can be reached via Line 2 or Line 3 at the Philippe Augusts stop or the Père-Lachaise stop.

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