- The Paris tourist attractions that aren’t worth a visit

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Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise)

Why the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is a Paris tourist attraction that isn’t worth a visit

Why on earth would you want to visit a cementery in the first place? Why would you do that in Paris with most certainly no relatives resting in peace there? Especially if your trip to Paris is only for a few days, you don’t need to be bothered visiting the Pere Lachaise Cementery.

Jim Morrison & Oscar WildOne can argue it’s a historic place. Well it’s true, it’s old. One can argue it’s a big beautiful place. Well, true, it’s huge - in fact the biggest cementery in Paris - and a sort of park and it has some macabre spooky charm. One can argue there are many famous people buried. Well, so what? Can I talk to them? Can I read something about them? All I can see is the tomb with the name written on it.

Most visitors do the usual round: Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde, maybe Frederic Chopin, Honore de Balzac and Marcel Proust or Edith Piaf - depends on the nationality and educational background.

But why on earth should I visit Jim Morrison’s grave? If I don’t know him, I don’t need to go there, and if I know him, there is still no point of watching a tomb stone with his name on it. Rather listen to his music, read his poems - that’s the way to honor the dead!

Paris is so vivid and can offer you so much. Therefore go and enjoy the living things instead of old rotten tomb stones!

Attraction: Pere-Lachaise Cemetery (Cimetière du Père-Lachaise)
Address: 16 Rue du Repos, 75020 Paris
Opening hours: Days Time
Mon - Fri 08:00 a.m. - 18:00 p.m.
Sat 08:30 a.m. - 18:00 p.m.
Sun 09:00 a.m. - 18:00 p.m.
Admission fees: Ticket type Price
N/A free

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  1. January 17, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    Louise said,

    In principle I agree, it’s quite odd to visit graves of people you don’t know. But this cemetery is a beautiful, peaceful place and I actually enjoyed looking at the names of the tomb stones and imagining what lives these people had led, whom did they love and if their lives were happy. However I was really disappointed of Jim Morrison’s grave. It’s rather small and unimpressive.

  2. December 23, 2006 @ 2:41 pm

    Varmint said,

    I thought the cemetery was an interesting and evocative place, but I agree that it can be missed if time is limited, unless graves of random famous people are really your thing

  3. January 10, 2007 @ 12:37 am

    Odette said,

    I do not agree. I think pere lachaise is a beutiful and enchanted place. If your ever in Paris i think you should totally check this place out, maybe if you actually knew the people that were buried there like Baron Haussmann (he basically created what France is today) and Jim Morrison (band member from The Doors) you would be able to appricate this fairy tale land . So basically what im trying to say is in order to really like and understand this place you need to do some research, I still recomend going there because its not just the amazing people buried there its the beutiful craftmanship of all the marvalous statues and gravestones.

  4. March 20, 2007 @ 3:16 pm

    Graham Noble said,

    I would like to suggest that any convicted hooligans in Paris be given community service and be forced to clean the moss etc of the old tombstones. Some of the respect that is evident throughout Pere Lachaise may rub off on them, and a beautiful place will have its beauty enhanced.

  5. November 7, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    jules said,

    Ive been to Paris many times, but with 48 hours to spend there recently, i went to Pere Lachaise for the first time . It is beautiful, part of Paris’ history, and an antidote to the “glitz” of he main tourist sights . You don’t need to know the dead to appreciate the beauty of the place on a dry autumnal day..take a ten minute bus ride to Bastille if you want some increased animation. . Amazing craftsmanship , well maintained , peaceful and eclectic .A true mix of cultures, religions,nationalities..I’ll go back again .

  6. February 8, 2008 @ 9:33 pm

    chopin said,

    Great post, very informative. Have learned a lot from your site.

  7. May 15, 2008 @ 3:44 pm

    terrence said,

    I really wondered who made those comments - this cemetary has something; and yes it has a certain ‘cultural’ history as well. But perhaps THAT just scares the person who made these comments.( the cultural bit NOT the cemetary). If THAT is your point of view behind this landmark well I guess it is valid for all cemetaries including the one in Normandy (Omaha Beach) or the one in Washington. Do me a favour and look a bit further - you will see you even might enjoy it.

  8. August 4, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

    Anonymous said,

    I think these comments were quite informative and thoughtful.( Quite generous of sharing your opinions) Going to cemeterys, I think we should not really take this as a sightseeing time, but instead its kind of like about just gaining some knowledge about those great people and remembering them for a moment. I agree with you about honouring people by accepting or being greatful for what they have done for the world such as listening to the songs or the stories that they wrote.

  9. March 20, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Lucrecia Fontes said,

    I went to Pere LaChaise cemetery to visit Jim Morrison grave and I was very disappointed to see how dismal and unimpressive it was, he was so important to our culture in America, Europe and actually all over the world, for an example I was in a tiny island in Indonesia not so long ago and there in a little hut were pictures of Jim Morrison hanging in the wall, he brought so much joy to so many of us with his music I feel he should have a more elaborate resting place. When I saw all of the other surrounding graves of the other great artists and the strong impression they made on me it just brought further disappointment in the lack of tribute paid to Jim Morrison and the great artist that he was.

  10. May 28, 2012 @ 10:15 pm

    Tobias said,

    What?? I visited Paris some time ago, the PL cemetery was one certainly one memorable attraction - I thought it was a far greater experience than the Eiffel tower. I am not a Jim Morrison fan or was really there to visit any other celebrity’s grave. Just a peaceful, enormous place with true monuments of tombstones. Visit it!

  11. June 5, 2012 @ 4:48 am

    Jill R. said,

    Why would I visit a grave of a person I have never met? Because it’s there. When I went to Westminster Abbey in London, I was actually thrilled to be standing just a few feet away from Queen Elizabeth I’s remains. I would be more excited to visit Oscar Wilde’s grave than Jim Morrison’s, but as I’m there, why not do both?

  12. August 7, 2012 @ 6:34 pm

    Magdalena Rousseva said,

    Bonjour! Je veux contacter La cimitirere ‘’Pere-Lachaise'’. Je veux savoir plus du tombeau du Piccolo Nicolas. C’est possible de me donner plus d’information? Merci en avance!

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