Pere-Lachaise Cemetery or Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise is famous for being a burial ground for the famous celebrities like Oscar Wilde and others. This is one of the first garden cemetery and one of the offbeat locations to visit in Paris.
When to visit:
january - december
08:00 - 17:30 : Monday - Friday
08:30 - 17:30 : Saturday
09:00 - 17:30 : Sunday
Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, also known as Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetry in Paris. It is located in the 20th arrondissement and notable for being the first garden cemetery, as well as the first municipal cemetery in Paris.
This cemetry is burial ground for many famous personalities such as Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison to Edith Piaf and Gertrude Stein. You can find all funerary art style here: Gothic graves, Haussmanian burial chambers, ancient mausoleums, etc.
The three most famous tombs here are
1. Oscar Wilde: His tomb is adorned with lipstick kisses of his fans and iscribed with few lines from his poem
‘And alien tears will fill for his
Pity’s long broken urn,
For his mourners will be outcast men,
And outcasts always mourn.’
2. Jim Morrison: Chewing gum covered tree stands near his tomb. Few fans have also left love locks on the nearby steel grill.
3. Frédéric Chopin: A composer and pianist, chopin also has huge fan following. His tombs are always covered with flowers and adorned with a statue of weeping goddess of music.
How to reach Metro: Philippe Auguste Line 2, Père Lachaise Line 2 and Line 3, Gambetta station Line 3
Bus - 26, 54, 60, 61, 64, 69, 76, 102, La Traverse de Charonne