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Père Lachaise Cemetery is a vast and prestigious graveyard with several war memorials and notable burial sites. Its 108 acres (44 hectares) of grounds serve as the final resting place of some of the most legendary names in history, from Oscar Wilde to Jim Morrison. Walk through the pretty floral gardens and inspect the range of graves, from lavish and elaborate mini-chapels to simple headstones.
The highlight of the cemetery is the tomb of Irish writer Oscar Wilde, who left England for Paris to avoid the shame of his conviction for “gross indecency.” Read his poem about mourning inscribed on the grave alongside a naked angel. Until 2011, visitors had a strange custom of applying lipstick and kissing the tomb. Now look at the messages written in lipstick on the glass barrier protecting the tomb.
As you stroll down the paths, admire the layout of this shrine that has been turned into an English park. See all types of designs in the tombs, including Gothic graves, Haussmanian plots and mausoleums. Inspect the impressive tombs to find the names of the rich and famous, such as Frédéric Chopin and Édith Piaf.
Discover the three World War I memorials in this large plot of land. See the eerie Memorial to the Dead and its many naked angels.
The cemetery has an enormous waiting list for graves, in addition to strict rules stating those hoping to be buried here must have lived or died in Paris. Note that certain tombs contain entire families with dozens of bodies, as space is at a premium. The site is named after the confessor of King Louis XIV. It dates back to 1804, after Napoleon declared that everyone has the right to be buried, regardless of religion or race.
Père Lachaise Cemetery is in the 20th arrondissement, 2 miles (3 kilometers) east of Paris’ city center. Take Line 2 of the metro to the Philippe Auguste station beside the main entrance to the cemetery. The Père Lachaise and Gambetta metro stops are also nearby.
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within 10 minutes. Saint-Michel Station and Paris Saint-Michel - Notre Dame Station are within a 2-minute walk.
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Located in 20th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Grands Boulevards, Opera Bastille and Canal Saint-Martin. Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Place de la Nation are also within 2 miles (3 km). Gambetta Station is only a 4-minute walk and Pelleport Station is 6 minutes.
Located in 20th Arrondissement, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Grands Boulevards, Opera Bastille and Place de la Nation. Canal Saint-Martin and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mile (2 km). Philippe Auguste Station is only a 2-minute walk and Alexandre Dumas Station is 5 minutes.
Located in 11th Arrondissement, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grands Boulevards and Canal Saint-Martin. Opera Bastille and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mile (2 km). Rue Saint-Maur Station is only a 4-minute walk and Pere Lachaise Station is 5 minutes.
Located in 11th Arrondissement, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of La Colline National Theater, Place Gambetta and Picasso Museum. Carnavalet Museum is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away. Menilmontant Station and Rue Saint-Maur Station are within a 5-minute walk.
Located in 20th Arrondissement, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Grands Boulevards, Opera Bastille and Place de la Nation. Canal Saint-Martin and Place de la Bastille are also within 1 mile (2 km). Philippe Auguste Station and Alexandre Dumas Station are within a 5-minute walk.