It may be somewhat spooky, but the sprawling Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris's 20th arrondissement is one of the coolest offbeat attractions in the city. This 110-acre graveyard is the final resting place for a whole host of famous figures including Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison of 60s rock group the Doors. There are also three World War I memorials with a multitude of tombs dedicated to military and resistance workers.
Pere Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Paris, with between 300,000 and one million people buried there. It was named after King Louis XIV's confessor Père François de la Chaise, a French Jesuit priest.
To get to the graveyard, take the metro to Philippe Auguste on line 2 or to the Père Lachaise stop near a side entrance. The cemetery is free to enter, and you can buy a map at the entrance for a small fee. You'll want to spend at least a couple of hours wandering around the shaded pathways and admiring the opulent tombstones.
Especially if it's a sunny day, a visit to Pere Lachaise provides a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of city life in central Paris. Its quiet and peaceful atmosphere makes it the perfect place for mindful reflection.
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Entry to Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Rue du Repos