When people think of visiting Paris, they think of the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, and visiting one of the beautiful parks, such as the Luxembourg Gardens. All classic, solid choices to be sure!
Not many people put a cemetery on their list of places to visit! However, Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. It's like a living outdoor art museum, in various states of decay.
It's also known to be the final resting spot for some pretty famous people, including French singer Edith Piaf, British playwright Oscar Wilde, classical musician Chopin, and of course, the singer from the 1960s band, The Doors. Jim Morrison. His grave is probably the most visited in the cemetery.
You can read more from the Paris Tourist Office:
The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François d'Aix de La Chaise. It is the most prestigious and most visited necropolis in Paris. Situated in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, it extends 44 hectares and contains 70,000 burial plots. The cemetery is a mix between an English park and a shrine. All funerary art style are represented: Gothic graves, Haussmanian burial chambers, ancient mausoleums, etc. On the green paths, visitors cross the burial places of famous men and women; Honoré de Balzac, Guillaume Apollinaire, Frédéric Chopin, Colette, Jean-François Champollion, Jean de La Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Jim Morrison, Alfred de Musset, Edith Piaf, Camille Pissarro and Oscar Wilde are among some of them.
While visiting this cemetery may seem like an unusual thing to do in Paris, it's quite peaceful and interesting. Here are some images I shot last fall.
To read more about the cemetery, visit the Paris Tourist Office site.