The Père-Lachaise Cemetery

Discovery of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris

The cemetery of Père-Lachaise is a very touristic place, many visitors walk to discover the graves of well-known personalities. The cemetery is large if you are looking for a specific grave it is better to have a plan with you. Otherwise you can stroll through the cemetery because it is designed like a park with many trees.

If you want more specific explanations a guided tour is preferable.

Here is a list of the best-known personalities in the cemetery:

Jim Morrison (the singer of the Doors), Piaf, Balzac, Chopin, Modigliani, Colette, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, Proust, Apollinaire, Molière, La Fontaine, Alphonse Daudet, Delacroix, Géricault, Sarah Bernhardt...

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The grave of Géricault

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The grave of Géricault
You can see on his grave the reproduction of his most famous painting: the raft of the Medusa (Le radeau de la Méduse).

The grave of Gilbert Bécaud

The grave of Gilbert Bécaud
The french singer Gilbert Bécaud died in 2001.

The grave of Marcel Proust

The grave of Marcel Proust
The grave of Marcel Proust, a French writer who write sentences of 15 lines.

The columbarium

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The columbarium
'The cemetery of Père-Lachaise isn''t just a place to visit. Here you can see the columbarium where the funerary urns are stored. '

The crematorium of Pere-Lachaise

The crematorium of Pere-Lachaise
The crematorium is the oldest of France, its construction began in 1880.

The alley of the cemetery

The alley of the cemetery
Walking in the cemetery along the shaded alleys is very pleasant. It’s much more interesting than a visit in the catacombs (for those who like this kind of places).

The grave of Victor Noir

The grave of Victor Noir
Victor Noir, a journalist, died at 21 years old, shot by a relative of Napoleon III. N, Thanks to the sculptor who made his grave he is passed to posterity. Indeed he’s represented lying after his death, his manly attributes rather highlighted. Many people touch the statue to regain some sexual vigour...

Tribute to the deportees

Tribute to the deportees
In this part of the cemetery many monuments perpetuate the memory of the deportees in the concentration camps.

The wall of the Federated

The wall of the Federated
The cemetery of Père-Lachaise was the last place of resistance of the Commune de Paris, the fighting occurred among the graves. After their defeat many communards were shot and buried in mass graves.

The map of the cemetery

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The map of the cemetery
At the entrances to the cemetery you can find maps where the best-known graves are listed.

Funeral monuments

Funeral monuments
Strolling among the small roads we can find very pretty grave markers.
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