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Walk in the Père-Lachaise cemetery

Discovery of the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris

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

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

Here is a non-exhaustive list of the most famous personalities resting in the cemetery:

Morrison, Piaf, Salvador, Balzac, Chopin, Alain Bashung, Bécaud, Marie Trintignant, Modigliani, Héloïse et Abélard, Colette, Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, Proust, Apollinaire, Molière and La Fontaine, Alphonse Daudet, Pierre Desproges, Delacroix, Nerval, Géricault, Sarah Bernhardt...

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Duration: 2 h.

Géricault's tomb

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Géricault's tomb
On his tombstone is a reproduction of his most famous painting: The Raft of the Medusa.

The tomb of Gilbert Bécaud

The tomb of Gilbert Bécaud
The French singer Gilbert Bécaud died in 2001 but he still has fans who come to put flowers on his grave.

Marcel Proust's tomb

Marcel Proust's tomb
Reading a book by Marcel Proust remains an adventure with its endless sentences of more than fifteen lines.

The columbarium

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The columbarium
The Père-Lachaise cemetery is not only a place to walk around, it is always in activity. Here you can see the columbarium (literally pigeon hole) where the urns are stored. On the picture you can see the place where Laurent Fignon is buried.

The crematorium of Père-Lachaise

The crematorium of Père-Lachaise
The crematorium is the oldest in France, its construction started in 1880. The Catholic Church has long been hostile to cremation. Genesis 3:19: "You are dust and to dust you shall return".

Cemetery Lane

Cemetery Lane
Walking through the cemetery is very pleasant because many trees have been planted.

The tomb of Victor Noir

The tomb of Victor Noir
Victor Noir, a journalist, died at the age of 21, shot by a relative of Napoleon III. Nobody would remember him anymore but thanks to the sculptor who realized his tomb he passed to posterity. Indeed he is represented lying down after his death, his virile attributes rather highlighted. Many people come to pass their hand on the statue to find a certain sexual vigor...

Tribute to the deportees

Tribute to the deportees
In this part of the cemetery, many monuments perpetuate the memory of the concentration camp deportees.

The Federated Wall

The Federated Wall
The Père-Lachaise cemetery was the last place of resistance of the Paris Commune, the fights took place among the graves. After their defeat many communards were shot and buried in mass graves. This place has long been an emblematic place of the French left.

Map of the cemetery

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Map of the cemetery
At the different entrances of the cemetery you can find maps where the most famous graves are listed.

Funerary monuments

Funerary monuments
Strolling along the small paths, you can find some very nice grave markers.

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