Romantic, beautiful and picturesque aren’t words that you usually hear associated with a cemetery but Père Lachaise cemetery is special – it’s the most visited cemetery in the world. Sdd this to your list of sights to see and you’ll be in great company. After all, Père Lachaise cemetery is home to some of the most famous artists, writers and musicians the world has ever known.
Meander through this labyrinth of stones, trees and dirt paths as your guide points out the famous graves and hidden eccentricities that make this place special. Miniature castles, Egyptian statues and detailed sculptures present a marked contrast to the lines of polished headstones you see at home.
Even among such memorable graves, Oscar Wilde’s tomb stands out as it is covered entirely with bright red lipstick kisses left by visiting admirers. Listen tentatively to one of the greatest, most tragic love stories of all time – that of Héloise & Abélard, now buried side by side after long years of separation. As you pass Chopin’s tomb you can almost hear his most well-known piece, the Funeral Dirge. And be sure not to miss most visited grave in this Père Lachaise cemetery – that of the infamous American rock star, Jim Morrison.
Among others, Moliere, Balzac, Proust and Delacroix await us in the hidden corners of the graveyard but no rush! We’ll see them all, they aren’t going anywhere. Join us on this extraordinary Père Lachaise cemetery tour and relive the lives and stories of the great people buried here.
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