PÉRE LACHAISE CEMETARY
Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris. Situated on some 110 acres (44.5 hectares), amid more than 5,000 trees, it is both the largest park and the largest cemetery in Paris. The cemetery takes its name from the confessor to Louis XIV, Père François de la Chaise (1624–1709), who lived in the Jesuit house rebuilt during 1682 on the site of the chapel. The property, situated on the hillside from which the king watched skirmishing between the armies of the Condé and Turenne during the Fronde, was bought by the city during 1804. The design of the cemetery mixes the English park and place of contemplation. All styles of funerary art are represented: Gothic tomb, haussmannian vault, ancient mausoleum.
Places To Discover –
GRAVE OF JIM MORRISON:
One of the most frequently visited grave sites is that of rock star Jim Morrison (lead singer of the Doors), who died in Paris in 1971 at age 27. In addition to flowers, fans have left burning candles, wine and liquor bottles, and even drug paraphernalia at his headstone. Vandals, fans, and souvenir hunters stripped the site of mementos and statues, held parties at his grave site, and even tried to remove his body.
GARVE OF WRITER HONORÉ DE BALZAC:
Balzac’s headstone consists of a bronze bust placed upon a pillar with a quill at its base. The tomb rests in a peaceful spot of the cemetery, with trees and smaller graves surrounding it. Balzac was a famous French writer from the 19th century. One of his most well-known publications is La Comédie Humaine or The Human Comedy, a multi-volume collection of 90 works depicting the life of the bourgeoisie.
GRAVE OF SINGER EDITH PIAF:
Edith Piaf was a French cabaret singer from 1915 whose soaring voice earned her the title of one of France’s greatest stars. Taking a small path off a main road of the cemetery, Piaf’s burial plot rests among many other graves similar to it. The simple tomb is adorned with a crucifix and decorated with red roses left by visitors.
GEORGES RODENBACH – WRITER:
The author’s tomb immediately catches your eye, as there’s nothing like it even in the grand Père Lachaise. Similar to the dramatic style of Rodenbach’s writing, the tomb is of a man said to be Rodenbach emerging from the grave and grasping a rose.
OSCAR WILDE’S TOMB:
The tomb of Oscar Wilde is located in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France. It took nine to ten months to complete by the sculptor Jacob Epstein, with an accompanying plinth by Charles Holden and an inscription carved by Joseph Cribb. The monument is viewed by thousands of visitors every year. A tradition developed whereby visitors would kiss the tomb after applying lipstick to their mouth, thereby leaving a “print” of their kiss. In 2011 a glass barrier was erected to make the monument ‘kiss proof’.
November to mid-March from 8 am to 5.30 pm from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm on Saturdays and from 9 am to 5.30 pm on Sundays and public holidays. From mid-March to October: 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 6 pm Saturdays and 9 am to 6 pm Sundays and public holidays
Tickets and Price:
Free admission for all.