Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
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.
Père Lachaise cemetery is well-known for a burial place of communars. We came there in memory of fighters for social justice.
The cemetries of Paris absorbed all they could. The victims, placed side by side, without any other covering than their clothes, filled enormous ditches at the Père Lachaise, Montmartre, Mont-Parnasse, where the people in pious rememberance will annually come as pilgrims.
You can watch my 3 min 04 sec Video Paris Père Lachaise out of my Youtube channel.
Pere LaChaise Cemetiere. The cemetery is sparawling and a historian paradise. From Rossini to Seurat, Morrison to the unknown, it is filled with the crypts and final resting place for the Ex Patriots and French families.
Expect to take time here, as it is fascinating and the mausoleums as decorative as some of the french buildings in the city. Walk and observe- It is a place I never thought would be as facinating as it was....
Cimetiére du Pére Lachaise is an incredible cemetery that has lots and lots of gigantic tombstones which makes it look like a small town of it's own.
One of the most 'popular' and famous graves are the one of Jim Morrison (1943-1971).
More than 30 years since his dead, you'll still find fresh flowers and candles on his graves everyday as well as you might see fans of his music standing there crying even though they were might not even born when he took his own life.
In top of that you'll find small shops near the cemetery whee you can buy all kinds of Jim Morrison souveniers, candles pictures and so on.
I've heard that some crazy fans enter the cemetery at night to party at Morrison's grave, and that's why it's guarded by a heavy fence at the top of the walls surrounding it. As the photo proves some people still try to find a way in!
This cemetery is worth a visit, and so it's official website where you can take a virtual tour....
A lot of people visit Pere Lachaise for the grave of rock star Jim Morrison, but there are plenty of other former folk to visit, among them Edith Piaf, Colette, Moliere, Marcel Proust, Sarah Bernhardt and Oscar Wilde. My main reason for my visit was the visit the Holocaust memorials in section 97 near ave Gambetta. We used the secondary entrance at that end of the cemetery.
Getting there: Bus 69, which runs from near the Eiffel Tower to both entrances of Pere Lachaise was the way we went. The metro stations are either Gambetta or Philippe-Auguste.
In this tip I'm offering some general images of Pere Lachaise and surroundings. In the next tip I will talk about the Holocaust memorials.
The history of the cemetary is an interesting one. Check the website listed under 'other' below for the details.
This large cemetery in the 20th arrondissement is popular with tourists because some famous people are buried here. If you go in at the main entrance you can get a map to help you find the graves of people like Gioacchino Rossini, Maria Callas, Édith Piaf, Oscar Wilde or Jim Morrison, and also to help you find your way out again.
I think one of the graves in this photo might be where the dramatist Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais (1732-1799) was buried (yes, the author of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro), but the inscriptions are quite weathered so I'm not sure.
Address: Boulevard de Ménilmontant
Directions: Location and photo of Père Lachaise Cemetery on monumentum.fr.
Vélib' 20131 or 11021 (the border between the 11th and 20th districts runs right through here, that's why they have such different numbers.)
Métro: Philippe Auguste
48°51'45.41" North; 2°23'37.42" East
Suzy Catron née Gozard has no history that I can find, but someone thought this flapper worth remembering.
More seriously, the reason I found myself at Pere Lachaise on a cold February morning was to visit section 97 where the Holocaust memorials are gathered. My interest in these stems from the unit I teach in my Aesthetics course on memory and memorials and I took many more pictures than these. These memorials come from the period right after the war when memory was still fresh and painful.
One of the most known graves at the Père Lachaise cemetery is that of Doors-member Jim Morrison.
Jim went to Paris in 1970 with Pamela Courson. He was upset by the lack of seriousness with which he was taken as a poet. He did not get the wanted inspiration and became severely depressed. On July 3, 1971 Jim was found dead in the bathtub of their Parisian apartment.
His grave became an attraction for his fans and 25 years later at his dying day the police had to use teargas to spread the crowd.
Yes, we Americans of the Rock n Roll generation have this fascination with Jim Morrison - even the teens today are into him. So, we went to the Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise and discovered how unsually beautiful it was there. There are more photos on my travelogue album. It was very easy to get to by Metro. If you don't visit this particular cemetery, you should at least visit one - it is an awesome sight! See virtual website for map and list of famous names.
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.
This cemetery in southeastern Paris has been "the" place to be buried since the early 19th century. Moliere and La Fontaine (two of the 17th century French men of letters) were the first interments, followed by illustrious and (excusez-moi) foreign luminaries. Among the latter are Oscar Wilde, Italian composer Rossini (now empty) and the much-celebrated but controversial plot of Jim Morrison, late of The Doors, now of the Dead (and possibly soon to be evicted).
Jim Morrison, singer for The Doors, is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery. Chopin, Maria Callas, Bizet, Delacroix, Isadora Duncan, Moliere, and many others are buried here too.
I's quite an old cemetery so just walking around here is really cool/erie.
I think there was a guide/map at the entrance, with a map and where the big names are buried. I looked, memorized and promptly forgot. It's too easy, for me anyway, to get lost. So I was wandering around and then spotted a group of 20-somethings, with long hair and grungy clothes. They seemed to know where they were going so I followed them. They/we found it 5 minues later. His grave is shoved in between a lot of others. There was a little tribute to him with cd's, letters, and other things near the gravestone. Someone lit a cigarette and put it on his gravestone, then whipped out a bottle of whiskey, lit a cig for himself, and had his pic taken there.
Looks like you walk in the entrance, and veer right to find Morrisons.
It's a good walk from downtown, but a nice walk--after all this is Paris.
Comte's cardinal position was this: "The greatest problem, then, is to raise social feeling by artificial effort to the position which in the natural condition is held by selfish feeling." To which Sir James Fitzjames Stephen responded, "To me this is like saying, the great object of mechanics is to alter the laws of gravitation." [See Liberty, Equality, Fraternity (1873) (University of Chicago Press, 1991) at p. 126.]
What underlies any government plan to "improve" the social condition is the philosophy of positivism. It aims to crush individuals in the pursuit of the impossible task of changing human nature. As John Stuart Mill was to write:
"M. Comte, in particular, whose social system, as unfolded in his Systeme de Politique Positive, aims at establishing (though by moral more than by legal appliances) a despotism of society over the individual, surpassing anything contemplated in the political ideal of the most rigid disciplinarian among the ancient philosophers." (On Liberty.)
So, you're in Pere Lachaise & you've just visited Jim Morrison's grave. And Frederic Chopin's, Moliere's, Balzac's & Oscar Wilde's, all the biggies. Now, how about someone a bit more obscure? Along the Ave Transversale 2, about halfway btwn the Aves Carette & Grefulhe, you'll find the grave of Victor Noir. He was a French journalist during the mid-1800s who was known for biting sarcasm & wicked humor, (or maybe it was wicked sarcasm & biting humor...) not unlike the aforement'd Oscar Wilde. The grave's on the north side of the road; a compass & good map are a big help. Look for a green-tainted bronze statue of Vic lying down on the stone.
You might notice that certain regions of Vic's body are, uh, um, polished. There's a longstanding legend that Vic's statue has the power to increase fertility. For a short period of time the grave was surrounded by a fence to keep people from, uh, "molesting" the statue but the barriers were removed when enough folks complained. Anyway, take a close look at Vic & you'll see what I mean almost immediately.
BTW, the best map for Pere Lachaise is sold for a few euros outside the entrance to the cemetery near the Pere Lachaise Metro stop. There should be a vendor w/in a few feet of that entrance at the western corner of the cemetery. This map is MUCH more accurate & user-friendly than the one they supply at the office. The better map makes a great souvenir.
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.