Père-Lachaise Cemetery

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Paris' most famous cemetery gets its name from Louis XIV's religious adviser, Père-Lachaise, who previously owned the historic property the cemetery is built on. In 1804, the city decided to turn the land it had acquired into a cemetery, the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise. 70,000 graves are interred here with memorial sculptures and ornate tombstones decorating the 44-acre (17-hectare) garden. Famous people buried here include authors Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Honoré de Balzac, singers Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison (whose grave is one of the most visited), and renowned composer Chopin. Among the many 19th-century sculptures and monuments is the Mur des Fédérés, which was placed in memory of the 147 rebels shot here on May 28, 1871 during the Paris Commune.

Location:  16 rue du Repos

Business hours:  Nov-Mar - Mo-Fr 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Nov-Mar - Sa 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Apr-Oct - Mo-Fr 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Apr-Oct - Sa 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Apr-Oct - Su 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Nov-Mar - Su 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.