Paris is known for its parks, but there is another way to see the city’s quiet, green side: by strolling its cemeteries.  These burial grounds are on the itinerary for a surprising number of tourists. The most popular Parisian cemetery is probably Pere Lachaise. This is where you can find the tombs of Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison and Chopin.

Some people visit to make a kind of pilgrimage, paying homage to their favorite historical figure at his or her gravestone. For others, however, these cemeteries are as much about getting away from the hustle and bustle of Paris as they are about seeing the tombs of famous people.

Montmartre Cemetery is another major burial ground in Paris. It’s the 3rd largest in the city after Lachaise and Montparnasse Cemetery. Even though there are larger and more convenient options (Passy Cemetery is right in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower), Montmartre is quite popular with tourists. Its location, in the heart of the historic and artsy Montmartre area, makes it a popular itinerary addition. The cemetery is so large that, even when lots of tourists decide to go on the same day, it remains pleasantly peaceful.


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