Cimetière Père-Lachaise

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16 Rue Repos, Paris, France
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Suusj Suusj
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Cimetière du Père-Lachaise May 20, 2012
It's the largest cemetery in Paris. The cemetery was opened on 24 may 1804. It situated on a hill and there are a lot of famous people burried. It is considerd one of the most visited cemetary's on the world.

The first person buried was a five year old girl. Napoleon Bonaparte declared that every citizen has the right to be buried regardless of race or religion.

In the first year there were not a whole lot of people buried at Pere-Lachaise. Only 13 to be exact. The cemetery was considered to be to far away from the city. Besides that the Catholics refused to be buried on a place that had not been blessed by the church.


As a marketing strategy the cemetery organised the transfer of the remains of La Fontaine and Moliere. In 1812 there were 833 people buried on Père-Lachaise

In 1817 the remains of Pierre Abelard an Heloise were transferred to the cemetry. This strategy had a hughe effect people beganglamourisingg to be buried amongs famouscitizens. Within a 23 years Père-Lachaise went from a few dozen to more then 33000 in 1830. Now a days there are more then a million burried and even more in the columbarium where they keep the remains of those who were cremated.

I found it weird and wonderfull at the same time. I never really go to a cemetary but this is something else! Famous people, gicantic graves and a place with peace under the trees. It was great visiting.

We stayed for 2 hours (my husband got tired) but I could have easly spend another 2.
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christl3 christl3
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Hauntingly wonderful! Sep 01, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous way to spend an evening.

I went alone on a cold Autumn day. Leaves scattered all over the age-old cobbles. It's like something out of another era - well, i suppose it really IS from another era!

There a tonnes of crypts which give the graveyard such an elegant, regal feel.

In the centre lies the crematorium and the graveyard extends out around that.

You must but a map to navigate your way around if you intend to find the graves of the famous people like Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, Jim Morrisson etc.

I also went to see the grave of Jean-Dominique Beauby who was the old editior of Elle magazine who famously had a stroke and got locked-in syndrome afterwards which is where he could not move an inch of his body except his eyelids... even though his mind was fully functional. Despite this he wrote a book entitled 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly'. This was done all through blinking. Exceptional man!

I had a wonderfully pensive, contemplative day there and i made a point of sitting down and reading a book for a while up on the hill where i could see all of the beautiful old graves.

Spectacular!
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