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Cimetière du Père-Lachaise

The most prestigious and the most-visited cemetery in the world is Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. More than two million visitors come to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise annually. This huge cemetery owes its name to Père-Lachaise, the confessor of Louis XIV, who lived on this hill. In 1803, the property was bought by order of Napolèon to create a new cemetery which opened in 1804. Having a map to visit the cemetery is a must if you are looking for specific graves. While maps can be purchased outside of the cemetery, the one provided by the city is sufficient for most people.

Address: 16 rue du Repos, Paris France
Area: Eastern Paris
Arrondissement: 20th
Opening times: see detailed information in the further information link below
Transport: M° (Métro) - Père Lachaise (M2, M3) or Philippe Auguste (M2); Buses: 61 or 69 (line 2 or 3)
Entry Cost: Free of charge

Opening times for Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris

From November 6 - March 15

Monday - Friday: 8am-5.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am-5.30pm
Sunday and holidays: 9am-5.30pm

From March 16 - November 5

Monday - Friday: 8am-6pm
Saturday: 8.30am-6pm
Sunday and holidays: 9am-6pm

History of Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris

In its early days, Parisian families were reluctant to bury their dead here in spite of its pleasant setting with little pathways and lime and chestnuts trees. The area was considered disreputable and a little too far from the city. By 1815, there were fewer than 2,000 tombs in the then 17-hectare enclosure. To get the Parisians to change their perception of Père-Lachaise, the city administrators devised a strategy to transfer the remains of famous individuals like Moliere and La Fontaine and then Heloise and Abelard to Père-Lachaise. This strategy achieved its desired effect as people began clamouring to be buried amongst France's famous citizens.

From then onwards, demand rose sharply and by 1830, there were 33,000 tombs. Between 1824 and 1850, the cemetery was extended six times, bringing it to its current land area of 44 hectares. The total number of tombs now stands at 70,000 bearing the names of major figures from the world of literature, theatre and music.

Famous residents of Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, Paris

∗ Guillaume Apollinaire
∗ Frederick Chopin - Composer
∗ Jim Morrison - Singer (The Doors)
∗ Pissarro
∗ Edith Piaf - Singer
∗ Marcel Proust - Writer
∗ Oscar Wilde - Writer
∗ Simone Signoret - Actres
∗ Maria Callas - Opera singer

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