Paris' most famous cemetery gets the name from Louis XIV's religious advisor, who previously owned the property. In 1804, the ... More
Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
Paris' most famous cemetery gets the name from Louis XIV's religious advisor, who previously owned the property. In 1804, the city decided to turn the land into a cemetery. Famous people buried here include authors Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde and Honoré de Balzac, and singers Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison (whose grave is one of the most visited). 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.
Beautiful, serene, Romantic... My husband of 40 yrs and I were there few years ago. I just suggested to a young man who is suprising his girlfriend with a weekend trip to Paris in order to propose to her that they should visit Lachaise... They will be there for only one day... The wandering paths, trees and intriging history, etc couldnt be more romantic. Rossini, Bizet, Chopin, Piaf.... It's a must for everyone !
I saw Paris even better than I imagined her.After seeing the exhibition of her splendor.The fact that France is the most beuatiful city in the world is not in doubt.
I am looking forward to longer visit.
The Pere-Lachaise cemetary is THE place to be buried but it's also a wonderful place to visit. You'll find the tombs of many famous people including Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Frederic Chopin, and Jim Morrison. It's very large (110 acres) but you can go through it quickly or spend a few hours there. We ran into (or rather, he seeked us out), an unofficial tour guide whose name I can not recall. He was great (of course, he'll expect to be paid when you leave). Even with a map, some of the tombs can be difficult to find (i.e. Jim Morrison). If you run into this "unofficial guide", let him show you around...he knows his way around and is very knowledgable. You'll love his telling of the story of Victor Noir!!!
Victor Noir's tomb is a must-see. He is apparently famous for having an erection (or 'sex erection' as our guide described it) 2 days after he died. His tomb is one of the most frequently visited in the entire cemetary. Rubbing his ***** is supposed to help women to acheive greater orgasms and also make people more fertile (which is why it's no surprise how worn that area is!).
A sanctuary in the heart of Paris, this place transports you back in time. Do get the map and try to find the resting places of people who touch your heart. It is a treasure hunt well worth your time.
The gardens and the sculpture are unique at each grave site, and every one tells its own story. For me Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Isadora Duncan tugged especially hard at my heart strings.
Go. You won't come out the same person who went in. Devine.
I don't normally visit cemeteries when on vacation but heard so much about this one I had to check it out...and I'm glad I did. The history and tombstones are so amazing. Jim Morrison's grave is pretty non-descript. There wasn't a crowd at all...just a security person. Other famous people buried there: Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Edith Plat...Definitely worth the visit just to see the many interesting tombstones.
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