At the Père-Lachaise Cemetery you will find a large number of celebrities, buried here since 1804, e.g. Honoré de Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin and Edith Piaf. One of the more recent celebrities buried here is Jim Morrison of the Doors who died in Paris July 3rd 1971.
Métro: Père Lachaise, Philippe-Auguste
Pere LaChase cemetery, somewhat on the outskirts of Paris. Take the subway to the Pere LaChase stop, the cemetery is within walking distance. Closing time is early, around five or six, so give yourself enough time to see everything. There are many famous people buried here such as Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Jean-Baptiste Moliere, and Jim Morrison (whom I believe is slated to be moved out at some point in the future.)
The largest cemetary in Paris and a beautiful park. Many illustrious people are buried here, such as, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Balzac, Colette, etc., but that is just part of the beauty of it. The paths twist and turn and the sepulchers and the masoleums are an architectural and spiritual delight.
Visit the cemeteries of Paris: the Père Lachaise Cemetery where Sarah Bernhardt, Balzac, Isadora Duncan, and Edith Piaf are buried; the Montmartre Cemetery, the permanent resting place of Utrillo; the Picpus Cemetery where Lafayette and the descendents of people beheaded during the Revolution are buried (35 rue de Picpus) - and (somewhat more unusual).... the dog and cat cemetery in Asnières.
Pere Lachaise cemitery.
The old known necropolis with beautiful statues and luxury monuments, especially of rich armenians who died in XIX century. Many famous people are burried there, among them : Frederic Chopin, Yves Montand, Edith Piaf, Simone Signoret and many others.
Don't miss Pere Lachaise like I did!! This spooky looking cemetary has Jim Morisson buried inside and many more famous artists & writers - Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust, Balzac, Oscar Wilde and many more...
Visit the Pere Lachaise cementery, and you will have a field trip, of the 'who is who' of the Parisian world, or better said, the 'who was who'. This is a picture of one of my favorite singers of all times, Edith Piaf, (The little Sparrow). She was 'Magnifique'.
You must plan at least a few hours to walk/explore the Père-Lachaise Cemetery where you will find a large number of celebrities buried here since 1804 (of course you'll find gravestones much older than than this!). Originally, the owners of this cemetary came up with a clever ploy to 'increase business'. That was to attract famous 'personalities' to the
'exclusive' resting place. Obviously, they did a good job of marketing, you'll see Honoré de Balzac, Oscar Wilde, Frédéric Chopin and Edith Piaf to name only a few. Another celebrity you may recognize, Jim Morrison of Doors fame (gravestone pictured), who died much too young (as did many of his talented peers of the era), in Paris on July 3rd, 1971. Métro: Père Lachaise, Philippe-Auguste.
Do so by beginning by the end chosen by many celebrities last century: the cemetery Pére Lachaise. Very close to Boulevard Ménilmontant entrance lies the tomb of Colette, around the corner, the Haussmann baron’s crypt, the man who transformed Paris into the most beautiful city of the last century. The cemetery is still what it was in the 1900’s. I wonder through these historical and peaceful paved footpaths, under the shade of the trees, until I find Proust’s tomb where I left a rose.
Kind-of a cool thing to spend a few moments checking out.
What is the protocol for a smile in a picture of you at the headstone???
Here is an epitaph founded in the 19th century on one tomb:
My wife, I await you! (1843)
My friend, here I am. (1864)