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.
A great chance for reminiscence of great personalities of music, art, film, theatre and literature while visiting their final resting places. How courageous and determined they had to be creating against all odds, fighting closed minds, rigid and religious beliefs. One feels grateful for their brave and tireless work in creating their masterpieces.
Hey i've been there. Its was fantastic and was memorable experience for me and my friends. Its something difference i've ever see before. A lot of thing such as its background and history at Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, paris, france. With the little guidance by them i indeed learn alot of stuff there! Thanks france. It was indeed my pleasure to introduce to all my friends to visit france! bonjour!
I LOVE it there, 28 acre cemetary with thousands of famous people who cannot talk back to you or refute the lastest movie review. I always bring wine to Jim and pour it over his grave. He is thirsty after being there so long. Tis is one of my FAV places in Paris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Other than the gloomy and chilly weather in mid November, this cemetary took half a day to explore. It was amazing the number of people who found themselves using this cemetary as a final resting place. Locating those people, though, definately requires a map! Due to the light situation during my visit, I was able to capture quite a few wonderful pictures of the stained glass within the jewish section, the flower laiden nook that is Jim Morrison's grave and some spectacular headstones.
It is definately a place of great interest if not for the beauty then for the history that it holds. I would highly recommend anyone with a little time on there hands to visit this wonderful place while in Paris.
My wife was pretty hyped to visit the cemetary. It was interesting to see the huge grave sites and it certainly was more interesting than cemetaries that you see in Minnesota, but it's certainly not on my list of things to see if you only have a week in Paris.
For you Doors fans, Morrison's grave was a bit of a disappointment. It was shoe-horned in amongst many others and wasn't near as impressive as some of the others.
It's a good couple of hour side trip if you have several weeks in Paris.
First thought, wear good walking shoes. There are a lot of levels here.
When I was there, the Morrison Grave was so badly defaced. I don't understand why people feel a need to ruin things that don't belong to them. Jim Morrison was from my generation, so you can only imagine my confusion when I got to the grave, and found a bunch of "groupies," young enough to be my grandchildren, grieving his loss as though he were a personal friend."
It gives a dimension of how even the dead can influence some of our lives. When you walk through this cemetary, passing all of the very famous, some older, some more recent like Simone Signoret and Yves Montand, combined of course with Chopin who all know, and Edith Piaf who the young should read about, it gives a broader definition of the true sense of life.
If you leave through the top exit, on the way to the train station back into more central Paris, there is a small Cafe that has the best, creamiest BEER I've ever had in my life. It had a Blue Label. If anyone ever finds out the brand, I'd be grateful if they'd post it. It was amazing...
When I came back from my trip to Paris, my parents could not understand why I kept going on and on about the cemetaries that I saw in Paris and the people buried there. I tried in vain to explain that these artist, writers and musicians have greatly influenced the world which we live in and being a Univeristy Graduate in English and Music I found it extremley moving to stand in front of Chopin's, Dumas' and Rossini's final resting places. And the next time I go to Paris this summer I am going to visit other cemetaries to see other compsosers such as Debussy and Ravel. I was never so speechless then when I was standing infront of Berlioz's grave. The whole experience will stay with me forever.
The fact that it was snowing made the cemetery even more beautiful, lots of amazing tombs and very cute cats running around. Definitely worth a look, and I would agree that the map is essential. The Mur des Federes was hard to find but definitely worth it and its peaceful, serene atmosphere simply put to shame all the ghastly Holocaust memorials which overshadow it.
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