The Pere Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père Lachaise) is
may be the world's most-visited cemetery with hundreds of thousands of visitors
annually and it is also one of the only great place to see for a tourist in the
20th arrondissement. The cemetery has two entrances one is located in Boulevard
de Ménilmontant and the other one steps away from Place Gambetta. Please find here below details about history
and graves of famous people...
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If the name of the cemetery comes from Father François de
la Chaise (1624-1709), official confessor to King Louis XIV, its creation was in
fact decided by Napoleon in 1804. It was designed by architect
Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart. In the first years most of parisians were
reluctant to have their family graves here as the place was located too far from
the city center. But the transfer of the remains of two famous people - La Fontaine and Molière
- changed the minds... Today beeing buried here is considered to be a great
privilege as the cemetery runs out of space... 300.000 people are buried there.
Visit the Pere Lachaise
Practical information for visiting the Pere
Famous graves - tombs - include those of Édith Piaf, Gérard de Nerval,
Alfred de Musset, Théodore Gericault, Eugène Delacroix, Frédéric Chopin, Georges
Bizet, Jean Moulin, Marcel Proust, Honoré de Balzac, La Fontaine and also
Richard Wright... Not to forget the ones of Oscar Wilde or Jim Morrison. For
more information about exact location of famous graves please refer to Pere
Lachaise official website - See "More information" here below.
Address & opening hours
Address:16, rue du Repos 75020 Paris - Phone:
01 71 28 50 82 Opening hours: From Nov 6 to Mar 15 - Mon-Fri
8am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-5.30pm, Sun 9am-5.30pm. From Mar 16 to Nov 5 - Mon-Fri
8am-6pm, Sat 8.30am-6pm, Sun 9am-6pm. Entrance fees: Entrance is free of charge.