Père Lachaise cemetery
The most famous cemetery in Paris (20th arrondissement) is named after the former owner of the place, the preacher of Louis XIV, father of La Chaise. After the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1763, the city of Paris acquired the property in 1803 to transform it into a cemetery designed by Brongniart. The waterfront admires 19th century sculptures and numerous funerary monuments. After all, the Federated Wall recalls the bloody episode of the Paris Commune, an insurrection in which 147 people were shot on 28 May 1871.
With its 44 hectares and 5000 trees, Père Lachaise is also known as “a city of the dead in the heart of the city of the living”. His reputation is also due to the celebrities who chose him as his last home.
So Jim Morrison, the object of a fanatical cult steals Chopin’s show. Many Brazilians come to the tomb of Alan Kardec, father of the Spirite movement.
The reclining statue of Victor Lenoir, a great seducer before the Lord, knows a wild cult of barren women who want to keep hope … Other great names in the arts and sciences, such as Balzac and Champollion the Egyptologist, have chosen their last remains. As for Heloise and Abelard they have been lying since 1817 under a neo-Gothic mausoleum.
Metro line 2: Père Lachaise, Philippe Auguste
Buses: 61, 69, 26