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A simple stone with the engraving "Paul Gauguin, 1903" marks the...

A simple stone with the engraving "Paul Gauguin, 1903" marks the final resting place of the famous artist.

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Worth the Walk Up from Town

The twenty minute walk uphill to the cemetery from the town is worth the effort if you have an interest in the history of the Marquesas islands. To see the tombs of the famous... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2015
Frank K
Stamford, Connecticut
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 15 April 2016

It's a very steep walk up from town but, worth the view. A very small town with not a lot to do but, some nice houses to walk by

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 7 December 2015

If you are a fan of Paul Gauguin or Jacques Brel (I had not heard of the latter) then the cemetery where they are buried is worth a visit. Otherwise go for the wonderful view. It is quite a hot climb so go by vehicle.

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Midway, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 November 2015

The view is amazing and the flowers are beautiful! It was a hike up the hill was a kicker, but the second time we visited by car.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 12 October 2015

The twenty minute walk uphill to the cemetery from the town is worth the effort if you have an interest in the history of the Marquesas islands. To see the tombs of the famous painter, Paul Gaugin and the famous singer Jacques Brel and know that they chose to escape civilization and spend the final years of their lives in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

This cemetery is noted for the tombs of Paul Gauguin and Jacques Brel (who was actually Belgian). It also has spectacular views over the bay.

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 6 April 2015

Gauguin tomb is worth visiting for its position and symbolic value, if you have artistic expectations you will be disappointed.

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Orlando, FL
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

This cemetery is just outside the town and up a hill with nice views of the bay. For many it is a pilgrimage site, for others just a graveyard. You get out of it what you want I expect, but if you are already on Hiva Oa it probably would be a shame to miss the resting place of their... More 

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Reviewed 19 January 2014

It's worth a walk up the hill to see the cemetery if for no other reason than to see the views. It's also interesting to see how cemetery's differ around the world. The famous graves are both near the foot of the hill, I missed Gaugain's at first and searched the whole place for it.

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Australind, Australia
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

Really very lovely cemetery with white graves and skeletal frangipanis. Worth a visit. get a whole sense of the town from here and some idea of what Gaugin was doing here. Good for photographs. Actually as well as the cemetery the old remnants of settlements are fascinating, and especially the tikis. Worth hiring a car and getting to the site... More 

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McLean, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

Worth a trip if you are already on Hiva Oa - but not as a destination itself. Great view from the cemetary itself and the Gaugin's grave site/marker is charmingly rustic. If you are on Hiva Oa you should consider a 4 hour or so drive across island to the Giant Tiki - which is extraordinary - an ancient sacrificial... More 

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