Would you ever include a cemetery to your itinerary? You should with this one. Père Lachaise is the most visited cemetery in the world.
I’d like to think I’m
no longer not afraid of ghosts. Though when I was a kid I do remember many nights when I either had to sprint from my room to the toilet or just hush my bladder and tell it to suck it up, literally, due to fear of encountering someone/thing along the way. Neither have I ever been interested in going to a cemetery, except during All Souls’ Day, where kids would just be let roaming around trying to build the biggest ball made out of melted candles.
The Père Lachaise is an exception. I was interested in seeing both the graves of famous people here, the many elaborate mini chapels…
as well as the attention-grabbing statues…
In every entrance you will find a map and a list of the famous people buried here. But since I’m good to my readers I searched a pdf version for you to download on your phones!Père Lachaise Map and most-searched burial places
Although I would suggest using the application Super Lachaise which is an interactive map allowing you to choose and mark the residents you’d want to visit as well as a short biography.
Here are some of the ones we’ve seen:
Héloïse and Abélard
Probably the most well-known tragic love story between a student and a teacher. Also their son’s name sounds like a galaxy, Astrolabe.
Ok, don’t hate me if I say I don’t really know who he is. An American singer/songwriter and poet, perhaps the most famous grave in Paris.
Considered as one of the greatest french playwrights and actors, I don’t know why I know his name even though I haven’t really read or watched a single one of his plays. His death became a legend after he collapsed on stage as he performed his last play entitled Le Malade Imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid). It wasn’t definitely imaginary, he kept coughing and suffered haemorrhage until he was taken home, dying a few hours after. Now that’s real love for his art.
A french dramatist and librettist.
General Maximilien Sébastien Foy
A french general during the empire of Napoleon I.
The famous french painter who created the Raft of the Medusa (you can actually see a bronze engraving of this painting on the tomb below). And yes, that’s him at the top with his paintbrush and palette.
You will definitely forget your fear of any spiritual entity here since you will be busy admiring the statues, engravings and busts. You even have structures designated as a historic monument.
Located at the 20th arrondissement of Paris, its 44 hectares(110 acres) is also full of winding cobbled walkways. Stick with the Super Lachaise app and you will not get lost.
Lastly, be brave enough to look inside. You’ll never know when you find something interesting.