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Père Lachaise Cemetery | France | Europe

[Visited: August 2002]

Père Lachaise is mainly known for the famous people who have found their final resting place. Most of them are famous French writers and politicians, painters and singers, philosophers and war heroes. Names such as Balzac, Edith Piaf, La Fontaine and Ingres are known far beyond the borders of La Douce France.

Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Pere Lachaise cemetery, Paris

But there are also tombs of celebrities who have a special relationship with Paris. Maria Callas (whose remains later have been thrown into the sea and who still has a memorial stone in the Columbarium), Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Frédéric Chopin are some of the internationally famous people who have an eternal place in the Père Lachaise cemetery. If you are here for spotting the famous, it is mandatory to have a map with you.

Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Weeping statue at Pere Lachaise, Paris

Apart from hunting down the tombs of all the famous stars, Père Lachaise is also just a lovely place to walk around. There are tranquil corners, romantic alleys with tombs of people known only to their relatives, long wide avenues with trees on both sides, statues on roundabouts... It is only the occasional sounds coming from outside the cemetery's walls that make you realize that you are still within the Paris' city borders.

Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Lane with tombs in Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Columbarium at Pere Lachaise, Paris
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Columbarium at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Statue at Chopin's grave, Pere Lachaise cemetery
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Grave sculpture at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Mauthausen victims memorial, Pere Lachaise cemetery
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Lane at Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Picture of Père Lachaise Cemetery (France): Oscar Wilde's grave, Pere Lachaise Cemetery

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