Pére Lachaise cemetery

Today I will take you on a trip to a place where I want to go, so we will go for the first time.

We will travel to Paris and visit the largest cemetery in Paris ( 44Ha). Is one of the most famous cemeteries. Famous people are buried here, like Oscar Wilde, Honoré de Balzac, Georges Bizet, Maria Callas, Eugene Delacroix, Edith Piaf, Moliere, Marcel Proust, Jim Morrison and many others.

The nice part of Pére Lachaise is that you can visit not just by going to Paris but also the cemetery on an online tour. You just need to go to this link: http://www.pere-lachaise.com/perelachaise.php?lang=en

Now let’s make a tour of the history of Pére Lachaise. First of all, the cemetery has this name after the confessor of King Louis XIV, Pere François de la Chaise (1624-1709), he lived in a Jesuit house rebuilt during 1682 on the site of the chapel. The city bought the property in 1804, and it was established by Napoleon as a cemetery in the same year. It was laid out by Alexandre- Théodore Brongniart and later extended.

Pére Lachaise was opened on 21 May 1804. The first buried person was a five-year-old girl named Adélaide Paillard de Villeneuve, the daughter of the door bell-boy of the Faubourg St. Antoine. Her grave no longer exists today as it was a temporary concession.

Napoleon considered that ‘ Every citizen has the right to be buried regrades of race or origin.’

In the beginning, not many people wanted to be buried in this cemetery. The main reason was that the place wasn’t blessed by the Church but also because it was far from the city. In the first year were just 13 tombs, but things changed when the transfer of the remains of Jean de la Fountain and Moliere was organized. The number of graves started to grow. There were 49 in 1806. In 1812 there were 833 graves. The strategy of bringing famous people to be buried in the cemetery worked, and the number of graves increased in 1830 were 33000. Pere Lachaise was expanded several times during 1824, 1829, 1832, 1842, and 185o. In the present time, there are more than 1 million bodies buried and many more in the columbarium, which holds the remains of those who requested cremation.).

Aux Morts ossuary – the place where lies the bones of Parisians from all the cemeteries from Paris, a modern catacomb that, unfortunately, is closed for the public most of the time.

monument aux morts

On 28 May 1871, 147 people were shot here on the foot of this wall and thrown in an open trench. They were combatants of the Paris commune. Here you can read more about it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communards%27_Wall 


Here is a short video I found on YouTube that can get you a bit more in the spirit of the cemetery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_umAQ8zAAw

Now let’s go for a walk to see some of the most famous tombs. I hope you will enjoy

.main entrance

Here you can see some excellently carved tombs:

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