Calvary Cemetery, Hiva Oa

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Contemplate the lives of two of the 20th century's most famous Francophone artists at Calvary Cemetery, the final resting place of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. Consider the appeals of French Polynesia to the artistry and inspiration of two of its most famous adopted sons in this well-maintained, rustic, and scenic hillside cemetery. Whether or not you are on an artistic pilgrimage, you can enjoy the extensive, uninterrupted views of the bay from the top of the hill. Witness the religious traditions and culture of Pacific Islanders in the respectful, peaceful atmosphere of this important burial site. To visit Calvary Cemetery on your holiday in Hiva Oa, and find out what else Hiva Oa has to offer, use our Hiva Oa itinerary planner .
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  • A must-see! The site is exceptional for a cemetery with stunning views of the Bay of Traitors. Brel's tomb is originally decorated, unlike Gauguin's. To find Gauguin's grave you have to go up the cemetery by the right
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  • You have to go up the hill to get to or rest Gauguin and Brel. Next door you'll see the house Brel was renting. Emotional visit to Brel.
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  • Really beautiful cemetery where you can see the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel. 10min walk from the city center.
  • Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel rest here
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