Explore one of the world’s most famous graveyards on the Père Lachaise Cemetery Walking Tour.
To join the tour, make your way to Rivoli Agency: 214 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, where you will meet your expert guide. You will then travel by metro to Père Lachaise Cemetery, which is located in the XXth district, at the Eastern side of Paris.
The Père Lachaise Cemetery, one of the most famous in the world, is located in the XXth district, at the Eastern side of Paris. Covering 44 hectares, it is the biggest cemetery of the capital. With millions of visitors each year, it is the most visited location in Paris after Notre-Dame, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
The terrain, property of the Jesuits, was occupied during the XVIIth century by François d'Aix de La Chaise, the confessor of Louis XIV, nicknamed 'Père La Chaise'. Given to the 'Mairie de Paris' (the 'Council of Paris') when Napoleón Bonaparte, as consul, created several cemeteries in the city, it became the 'Cimetière de l'est de Paris' in 1804.
Conceived by the neoclassical architect Alexandre Brongniart, author also of the 'Palais Brongniart' (the old Paris Stock Exchange), this 'garden of death' is both a beautiful green space (boasting 5,300 trees) and an open air museum of the funeral arts.
The cemetery has around 70,000 graves, 30,000 of them classed as historic monuments. You will see many remarkable tombs decorated, in some occasions, with splendid sculptures and moving inscriptions and your guide can tell you many fascinating tales about the graves. Here are just a few of the great and famous people buried here:
Francois Poulenc, Heloise and Abelard, Camille Pissaro, Cherubini, Chopin, Breguet (famous watch manufacturer), Lalique (the glass designer ), Félix Faure (French President – Dreyfus Affair), Gustave Dore, Jim Morrison, Moliere, La Fontaine, Murat, Antoine Parmentier, Sarah Bernhardt, Balzac, Delacroix, Edith Piaf, Bizet, Marcel Proust, Apollinaire, Isadora Duncan, Stephane Grappelli, Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Modigliani, Edith Piaf, Colette, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas.
The tour ends at Père Lachaise Cemetery and you will need to make your own way back to your accommodation.