Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

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So, a little unusual

Once again that slight obsession/fascination that I have with cemeteries reveals itself.

It’s the history, traditions, passion, designs, celebrations of life in death that I am intrigued with.

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I struggle to walk past a cemetery or graveyard without strolling through it.

Gary has now got so used to this, that he has succumbed to my fixation and will actually track down, more unusual ones for me.

A Family tomb, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Birthday treat

We visited Père Lachaise Cemetery when we met up with my parents in Paris, for mum’s birthday.

What a treat for her strolling around a graveyard on your big day, when you could have been coiffing Champagne (she enjoyed it really).

Oscar Wilde's grave, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Admired

Père Lachaise Cemetery is well known for being the final resting place of some famous people, including Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Chopin & Oscar Wilde.

Jim Morrison's grave, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Visiting

Père Lachaise Cemetery is free of charge to visit.

Remembering

However, within these peaceful walls, there are so many other stories being told.

A memorial to the victims of Auschwitz, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
A Holocaust memorial, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Memorial to the 103-day Siege of Belfort.

Memorial to the Siege of Belfort, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Life-changers

Originally buried here was Victor Schœlcher. 

A French statesman known for the abolition of slavery.

Schoelcher’s remains were transferred to the Panthéon in 1949 as he wished to be buried alongside his father.

Victor Schœlcher's grave, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Get Lost

What intrigues me at times with cemeteries, is that these tranquil places have evolved and grown over time and there is often disorder and chaos about the layout.

Squeezed in, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
At an entrance, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
Chemin des Angalis, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

For me just strolling along the cobbled tree-lined avenues appreciating the how each of us honours our loved ones.

Many paths, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
A sizeable place, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Creators

Also within the lanes is the French Romantic painter, whose major work ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ is on display at Louvre.

The grave of Théodore Géricault, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

A famous pioneer of his time was Joseph Spiess, a French inventor of the rigid airship.

He is buried here with other family members.

The last resting place of Joseph Spiess Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Find out a little more

The Père Lachaise Cemetery website, gives you some useful pointers.

Family Crypts

As with a lot of cemeteries, there are often family tombs or mausoleums, and at Père Lachaise there are some very grand ones.

Rather impressive, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
A place for a whole family, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
An Impressive Tomb, Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

Metro

The nearest Metro stops to the cemetery are Père Lachaise or Gambetta stations.

Texas

I love the history of the larger cemeteries, but equally, there is a certain intimacy with tiny ones. Weirdly we were on a safari in Namibia tracking desert elephants, and we came across a cemetery (now that was remote).

Then a chance meeting with a local guy in Marathon, Texas, suggested we take a wander to the local cemetery which clearly displayed the differences between protestant & catholic celebrations of the dead.

A vibrant memorial of life, Marathon, Texas, USA
A more conservative approach to death, Marathon, Texas, USA

Normandy

I have lost count just in this year alone how many cemeteries we have seen, as we visited the Normandy beaches in July and paid our respects along the way.

Portland headstones at the cemetery in Bayeux, Normandy, France

Why not?

Visit something a little different during your trip to Paris, you’ll be surprised at the historical knowledge you’ll gain by taking a stroll.

We love traveling by Eurostar, but there are some great deals with EasyJet & British Airways.

Inspired to visit Père Lachaise ?

Well if you’re in Paris, and you have the time, why not?

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A visit to the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France

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Have You?

Explored Père Lachaise cemetery or would you like to share with me an interesting one you have visited. Highgate is still on my list.

About the Author

Janis

Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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