Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Morrison is buried in "The Poets' Corner" of the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in eastern Paris. We took our 3 teenage kids and opened a bottle of wine to make a toast to the great Jim Morrison. A guard appeared out of no where to let us know that was not tolerated. He did let us finish our glass of wine! Morrison's grave has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Paris, along with Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre.
The Père Lachaise Cemetery is probably the largest and most peaceful one in Paris. Many great artists are buried here including Jim Morrisson, Frederic Chopin, Bizet (composer of the opera "Carmen"), Gertrude Stein, Cherubini, Edith Piaf and many others.
This grave I couldn't miss. Jim Morrison, a great American poet.
'Do you know the warm progress under the stars?
Do you know we exist?
Have you forgotten the keys to the Kingdom?
Have you been born yet and are you alive?'
'Do you know we are being led to slaughters by placid admirals
and that fat slow generals are getting obscene on young blood
Do you know we are ruled by T. V....'
from "An American Prayer"
It looks as a small town, the beautiful tombs being the last homes of many famous and not so famous people. Some of them are real pieces of art, there are also beautiful statues here and there. I'm not sure it's off the beaten path as there are some tourists looking for celebs' graves but still it's much less crowded and more peaceful than the typical touristy places.
here you can find the graves of very important personages, writers, painters, artists and also singers rock.... I was a little bit astonished to see the pilgrimage of young and not on the simple headstone of Jim Morrison, boys who sang, adults who cried. The cemetary is rather beautiful, there are various works of art to adorn it and it is worth it going around to appreciate the tranquillity of the monumental cemetery.
As you enter the Père Lachaise Cemetery, the mauseleum of Gioacchino Antonio Rossini, the great romantic opera composer, who wrote the famous overture to his "Barbers of Seville" Opera, can be located as you walk straight on the main "road" on the left.
**Updated, September 21, 2005**
Actually, this picture only marks the spot where the great opera composer Gioacchino Rossini was buried. After his death, the Italian government pleaded with France for his body so that he could be re-interred in Florence.
Rossini's remains now rest at San Croce (Holy Cross) Cathedral in Florence with the company of Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, Ghiberti and many other prominent Italians of the Renaissance period.
The Cimetière du Père Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris, and one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. Located in the 20th arrondissement, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is reputed to be the most visited cemetery in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to the graves of the those who have enhanced French life over the past 200 years.
Many famous people are buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, such as Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Delacroix, Moliere and many others.
Make sure you buy a map of the cemetery at the entrance, so you can find your way around it. The whole place is a great escape from the noise and traffic of the Paris centre. You can just stroll around and admire the many tomps.
Cemetery of many famous people including this grave of Frédéric Chopin, the great Polish piano virtuoso who lived during the romantic era of classical music. He was buddies with Berlioz, Liszt and Wagner.
He is located in section 11, number 5 next to Cherubini.
To get here, it is northeast of the Bastille Station. The station the same name as the cemetery.
If you can listen to all of Chopin's 21 Nocturnes. Walking about Père Lachaise is a perfect setting, especially if it's a cold, rainy, winter morning overcast , to listen to Chopin's Nocturne's. My favorite is his 15th Nocturne in F Minor.
It`s not a must...but if you have some spare time then you should go to Pere Lachaise Cemetary.
Alot of well known people are buried here including the famous Parisian singer
Edith Piaf , Jim Morrison lead singer of 'The Doors' & Oscar Wilde, Irish writer
Métro : Gambetta, Père Lachaise, Phillipe Auguste
Main entrance: boulevard de Menilmontant
this place is absolutely incredible and if you're even the slightest bit interested in cemetarys you must visit!
i visited on a sunny afternoon with my boyfriend (who lives in paris and is my walking talking guide!), i imagine it would be even creepier at sundown but unfortunately we didn't have the time. some of the tombs are like houses! you wonder what these people did to deserve such things (or how much money they had)! jim morrisson rests there, although unfortunately tourists have broken into many of the tombs near his grave and written graffitti all over them :(
please shout at these people if you see them!
you can see everything from small, simple gravestones, to an enormous pyramid, a mini notre dame, a man breaking out of his grave, vampires, countless stained glass windows and even a few statues of owners with their faithful dogs! i am going back for a full day there. there are benches for sitting on (don't sit, stand, or in fact do anything on the tombs!) and water fountains dotted about the place so bring a bottle as there's some uphill walking involved if you really want to explore. i took countless photos but this one is my favourite.
The tombs of Jean-Baptiste Molière (1622-1673) and Jean de Lafontaine (1621-1695) are located side by side in the Cimetière du Père Lachaise.
Entrance to the cemetary is free, but a map is very useful to find the tombs.
20e arrondissement, métro Père-Lachaise
Visit "Pere Le Chaise" and "Mont Parnasse" Cemeteries, but do some research before you go.
Read and find out about some of the people who are buried here.
Colette, Oscar Wilde, Balzac, Moliere, Gertrude Stein, Chopin, and so many more.
Read their books, listen to their music, it makes the tour of the cemeteries so much more meaningfull.
If you don't have time to research before, research after, write down the names of people you have heard of but are not familiar with.
Fabulous way to broaden your horizons.
To be quite honest, and I do promise that I will read up on her, I know very little about Gertrude Stein. Had it not been for the catchy chorus by Idlewild, a Scottish Punk Band, who wrote the following lyrics in the song "Roseability": "Gertrude Stein says that's enough, I know that that's not enough now...." , I wouldn't even have recognized the importance of her contributions to literature.
Upon casual, superficial research, I see that she had connections to Picasso, Charlie Chaplin and even lived in Oakland, California prior to moving to Paris; she was Jewish and very lucky to have not seen a concentration camp during WW2.
Interestingly, her last words, prior to her death in 1945, just after WW2, were:
"What is the answer? ...without a reply, "In that case...what is the question?"
I hummed the song "Roseability" by Idlewild as I paid respects to her grave after long walk all the away across Père Lachaise.
At the Père Lachaise Cemetery, located at the Père Lachaise (Blue #2 Metro) North Bank east from Central Paris.
As you walk out of this metro station, follow the signs. I got there at about 9am. It was open and as you walk in, there is an administration building on the right behind a few trees. It's a peaceful place, great if you want a walk and some peace away from the city noise.
To get to Wilde, you'll have to walk about 1 or 2 km's up the hill of this cemetery. It's a healthy walk and you'll burn some calories to get to Wilde. He is easy to find on the map you have.
**Note: If you are a fan of the great opera Mezo Soprano, Maria Callas, she is buried here too, but the map doesn't show where she is. To find her, you can find it on the large map when you first enter the cemetery. Unfortunately, I regrettably did not have the time to find her. She's a long walk from the entrance.
Even if you don't care about seeing Jim Morrisons grave, you should venture out to the Pere Lachaise for a quick visit.
The grounds are quite stunning. The tombs and gravesites are SO old. It looks like a movie set more than a real cemetary.
It doesn't take long to do. You can be in and out in less than an hour and I think it's well worth the metro ride.
Other notables buried here are Sarah Bernhardt, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Frederic Chopin.