Pere Lachaise in the 20th arrondissemont of Paris is reputed to be the world's most-visited cemetery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.

 

Entrance to Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

They are drawn here primarily to seek out the 'celebratory graves' or just to stroll the network of cobblestone paths (wear appropriate footwear) past the mausoleums and  tombstones under the umbrella of the foliage of the many trees.

 

road within Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

Some people actually refer to the cemetery as 'romantic' but we think 'interesting' might be more appropriate.

 

tree lined paths in Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

Jim Morrison's grave in Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

The resting place of Jim Morrison (Legendary lead singer of 'The Doors' who died back in 1971) is obviously a big draw but due to to his 'cult' status they have had to put up barriers to protect his 'tomb'. Compared to many of the other graves in the cemetery it is actually very simple in style.

 

Oscar Wilde's grave within Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

Another place of pilgrimage is to Oscar Wilde's grave where tradition was to leave your lip print (probably women and men!) to signify their love of the great man. Though since our visit it has been cleaned up (2011) and a clear screen erected around it to stop this show of affection. Personally we think it actually gave it some 'life'. He sadly died destitute, of meningitis here in Paris in 1900 at the much too early age of 46.

 

 Loved Wilde's deathbed statement:

 

“I am dying as I have lived — beyond my means.”

 

neo-Byzantine crematorium

 

There is an impressive neo-Byzantine crematorium within the cemetery but having spent longer here than we intended we did not get a chance to view it properly ...next time.

Away from the 'celebratory' aspect of the cemetery you will also find some of the most poignant memorials to French heroes and also the tens of thousands of French Jews* who were deported by the French government to Nazi death camps, most of whom never returned.

 

Communards memorial within Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

The last 147 of the 'Communards' (see article here) were lined up against this wall in the south eastern corner of the cemetery and shot on May 28, 1871 in their fight for national liberty

 

Auschwitz victim's memorial within Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris

 

Auschwitz Victim Memorial.

 

A walk around the cemetery in pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

Pére Lachaise Cemetery

!6 Rue du Repos
75020 PARIS

 

20th arrondissemont

 

Official website (Includes plot locator)

 

Entrance free

 

Opening times:

 

6th Nov. – 15th Mar.  Mon. – Fri.8 am to 5.30 pm, Sat. 8.30 am to 5.30 pm,                              Sundays and public holidays 9 am to 5.30 pm

16th Mar. - 5th Nov..Mon. to Fri.8 am - 6 pm Sat. 8.30 am to 6.00 pm,

 

Sundays and public holidays     9 am to 6.00 pm

 

Pére Lachaise   Gambeta              Philippe Auguste

 

Nos. 61 & 69

 
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Here you will find the resting places of:

 

Yves Montand (1921–1991)

Simone Signoret (1921–1985)

Maria Callas (1923-1977)

Jim Morrison (1943-71)

Edith Piaf (1915-1963)

Gertrude Stein (1874–1946

Isadora Duncan (1877-1927)

Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923)

Marcel Proust (1871–1922)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Baron Haussmann (1809–1891)

Alfred de Musset (1810-1857)

Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)

Frederic Chopin (1810-49

Delacroix (1798-1863

Molière (1622-73)

Plus many many more.

 

You can view a printable plan of the cemetery here as pdf

 

pariscemeteries.com/offer pritable brochure/pdf here

 

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