Père Lachaise Cemetery
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Père-Lachaise Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise) (officially, cimetière de l'Est “eastern cemetery”) is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, France at 118 acresTemplate:Ref label (48 ha), although there are larger cemeteries in Paris suburbs.
Père-Lachaise is one of the most famous cemeteries in world. Located in the 20e arrondissement, it is reputed to be the world's most-visited cemetery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually to the graves of those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years. It is also the site of three Great War memorials.
Père-Lachaise is located on Boulevard de Ménilmontant. Métro station Philippe Auguste on line 2 is next to the main entrance, while the station called Père Lachaise, on lines 2 or 3, is 500 metres away near a side entrance. (Many tourists are reported to prefer the Gambetta station on line 3 as it allows them to enter near the tomb of Oscar Wilde and go downhill to visit the rest of the cemetery.)