Visit the famous Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the final resting place of some of the world's most well kn...
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In the winding paths and tree-lined slopes that define Père-Lachaise Cemetery, you get to pay your respects to those who have made a dramatic mark in French history. In this eerily beautiful city of the dead, hundreds of thousands have sought to make the past come alive again, through the mementoes of those who have moved on. Besides three Great War memorials, the site also holds the purported crypt of medieval lovers Pierre Abélard and Héloïse, where those seeking true love leave letters.
Spanning 48 hectares, Père-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris and the most visited, boasting of hundreds of visitors annually. The cemetery is home to those who have earned a place in French history over the last 200 years, including Molière, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin, Jean de La Fontaine, and Jim Morrison. Established by Napoleon in 1804, it was named after Père François de la Chaise (1624-1709), confessor to Louis XIV.In the beginning, the people of Paris thought that the cemetery was too far outside the city to hold funerals in—so the administrators came up with an ingenious marketing strategy of transferring the remains of famous people (such as La Fontaine, Molière, and lovers Pierre Abélard and Héloïse) to the cemetery. For the honor of being buried among famous citizens, people started to patronize Père-Lachaise Cemetery. There are now 300,000 buried in the cemetery, not counting those in the columbarium.
How to get there
By Metro: Line 2 (Philippe Auguste), Line 3 (Gambetta).
Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm, Sat 8:30pm-5pm, Sun 9am-5:30pm