The Père Lachaise cemetery is the largest in all of Paris, and is the resting place of some of the world’s luminary artists like Jim Morrison, Chopin, and Oscar Wild. Located in the 20th arrondissement, and is said to be the most visited cemetery in the world. It was officially opened in 1804 when Napoleon declared that every citizen in France deserved to have a proper burial place “regardless of race or religion”. Today it is the resting place of more than one million souls, with even more in the columbarium, where those that wished to be cremated remain.
Best Time to Visit: any sunny day. Crowds tend to gather in the late afternoon session
See it: On our Private Tour
Père Lachaise is big, and can be confusing. It encompasses over 100 acres, and the few walkways there are mostly dirt paths. Get a map from one of the local vendors and you’ll save yourself lots of time just aimlessly roaming. Don’t forget to walk up the hill where you’ll find a lovely view of the cemetery and parts of Paris.
Père Lachaise Key:
- Website: www.pere-lachaise.com
- Phone: 01 55 25 82 10
- Highlights: Burial spot for Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Édith Piaf, Frédéric Chopin, Gertrude Stein and more.
- Hours of Operation: Mon through Fri: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m / 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Sat & Sun
- Admission: Free
- Address: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris, France
- Closets Metro Station: Philippe Auguste (Line 2)