During my trip to France, I visited the world-famous Père Lachaise cemetery, located in the east of Paris. Its second name is East Cemetery.
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Visiting such places allows you to retire, enjoy the silence and beauty of the nature of the surrounding park, breathe fresh air and meditate…
In Russia, many do not visit cemeteries unnecessarily and because of prejudice, and it is not customary to talk about them. Yes, and they are ugly with us – often not well-groomed territories with a labyrinth of fences, forgotten graves, rickety crosses. Walking and thinking about something in such conditions, for me personally, is uncomfortable…
Père Lachaise Cemetery, France
Père Lachaise Cemetery in France
Père Lachaise is an open-air tombstone sculpture museum, occupying a huge area, surrounded by several metro stations at once: Père Lachaise, Gambetta, Philippe Auguste, Alexandre Dumas. It was convenient for us to get to the Gambetta station on line number 3, from where we walked (200 meters) to the gate located near the Columbarium – a huge repository of urns with ashes. It was from here that my exploration of this place began.
The cemetery was founded in 1804. At first, it was not very popular among the inhabitants of the capital, since it was located far from the then borders of Paris. Few wanted to bury loved ones so far from the city. To remedy the situation, the owners of the cemetery reburied the remains of several celebrities from other places, including Lafontaine, Molière and Pierre Abelard. As a result, the place gained popularity, subsequently all the prominent people of France began to be buried here. Today, over 1 million people are buried on the territory of 48 hectares, not counting the ashes of people in the columbarium. buildings, in the walls of which there are urns with ashes. However, they are here not only in the walls, but also in the underground rooms.
Crematorium, France, photo
Crematorium, France, photo 1
Crematorium, France, photo 2
Crematorium, France, photo 3
Crematorium, France, photo 4
Columbarium in France, photo
Columbarium in France, photo 1
Who is buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery
When I arrived here, I realized that he made a big mistake by not having studied in advance the information about the local “residents”. Because, after all, it would be much more interesting to find the burial places of some very famous personalities and take their photographs, and not look for these photographs now on the Internet. Next time I will definitely prepare.
By the way, I found this useful map on the Internet:
Map of the cemetery, France
On it you can see whose and where the grave is located. I hope this helps you. In addition, at the gates of each of the 6 entrances to the cemetery there is a similar map on which you can see who and where is buried.
The most famous personalities buried here:
Grave Sarah Bernhardt is a famous actress of the early 20th century.
Tomb of Sarah Bernhardt
And this < strong>Maria Callas– Opera singer, cremated and buried here in 1977. After the urn with Mary's ashes was stolen and then found, the ashes were scattered over the Aegean Sea. Now only an empty urn is stored in the crematorium.
strong>- the greatest innovator dancer, the founder of free dance.
Frédéric François Chopin– his body is buried here, and his heart is in Poland, in the column of the Church of the Holy Cross (Warsaw).
Frédéric François Chopin
Édith Piaf is a very famous French singer and actress.
Tomb of Édith Piaf
Oscar Wilde— Irish writer, poet, playwright.
When I saw his tombstone with a flying sphinx, I had a question: why is it covered with glass? It turned out that everything is quite banal – there is a legend according to which everyone who kisses a tombstone will never lose their love. As a result, the monument was covered with a huge number of hearts and lipstick marks. Therefore, the administration of the cemetery decided to protect the headstone with glass from harm's way.
Tomb of Oscar Wilde
Honoré de Balzac– famous French writer, one of the founders of realism in European literature .
Honoré de Balzac
Also, rests in this cemeteryJim Morrison. His grave is the most visited and the most “noisy” because of the constantly jostling around here people who leave behind not only garbage and cigarette butts, but also spoil neighboring graves with their inscriptions. You can't go near it now, it's surrounded by a fence.
Jim Morrison, grave
However, this does not stop many. It used to look different before, like this:
Jim Morrison, Grave, France
Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris really covers a very large area. Here you can spend hours looking at tombs with complex and not very sculptural compositions, family crypts with majestic and modest tombstones.
Pere Lachaise Paris Cemetery
Pere Lachaise Paris Cemetery, photo
Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, photo 1
Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, photo 2
And here is the monument to all the “Dead” and those buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery:
A monument to all the “Dead” and those buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery
Monument to all the “Dead” and buried on Père Lachaise cemetery, photo
The famous Communards Wall– it was here in 1871 that 147 resisting Communards of the Paris Commune were shot. Today it is a symbol of the proletarian movement, synonymous with the struggle for democracy.
Wall Communards, Paris
I remember this place the most – there is something in it…
Père Lachaise Cemetery
Père Lachaise Cemetery, France
We spent about 2 hours here, walked along most of the well-planned streets, and if it were not for the cold and lack of hats, we would have stayed here longer. But, unfortunately, our frozen ears persuaded us to leave this beautiful place.
Père Lachaise cemetery in France
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris
Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Europe
Père Lachaise cemetery in Europe
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, France
Père Lachaise cemetery, Paris, photo
Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, photo 1
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Père Lachaise Cemetery, France, photo
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Père Lachaise cemetery, France, photo 2
Entrance to Pere Lachaise is free and free, daily, from 8 am to 6 pm during the summer period, and from November 5 to March 16 – until 17:30.
If you are in Paris, be sure to visit this place. Here everyone can find something interesting for themselves.