The World’s Most Visited Cemetery: Père Lachaise

October 5, 2016 France Write a Comment 798 Views

An Autumn Stroll Through Père Lachaise Cemetery.

It was not much less than a year ago that my travels brought me to Paris yet again. I love Paris in the spring time, but I must say, I love Paris in the fall even more. The smell, the colours and most of all the atmosphere is extraordinary. Last autumn was a hard time due to personal issues, and I felt the need to get a way from the crowds. A visit to lesser known attractions in the city was what I was after. And since cemeteries are a place of comfort and peace for me, Paris’ largest cemetery Père Lachaise was on my list.

Welcome To The Garden Of Pere Lachaise Cemetery.

The world’s most visited cemetery opened in 1804. Père Lachaise is notable for being the first garden cemetery. Finally someone realised, that cemeteries don’t only need to be a place of sorrow, but comfort and peace.

The main attractions at Père Lachaise lie six feet under though: Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Frédéric Chopin, Yves Montand, Oscar Wilde, Maria Callas, Georges Bizet and many other celebrities have found their resting place here. Most visitors come here to find at least one of the mentioned graves, I didn’t care much about that. I rather enjoyed the sheer aesthetic beauty of the cemetery.

At Père Lachaise cemetery, 70.000 tombs (many of the rich and famous) form a verdant, 44-hectare sculpture garden.
At Père Lachaise cemetery, 70.000 tombs (many of the rich and famous) form a verdant, 44-hectare sculpture garden.
The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV's confessor, Father François de la Chaise.
The Père Lachaise cemetery takes its name from King Louis XIV’s confessor, Father François de la Chaise.
The number of bodies buried at Pere Lachaise cemetery vary widely. Anywhere from 300.000 to 1.000.000 souls are estimated.
The number of bodies buried at Pere Lachaise cemetery vary widely. Anywhere from 300.000 to 1.000.000 souls are estimated.
Pere Lachaise cemetery is a major tourist attraction in Paris.
Pere Lachaise cemetery is a major tourist attraction in Paris.
I imagine that Pere Lachaise cemetery is worth a visit anytime of the year, but during autumn this place seems even more mystical...
I imagine that Pere Lachaise cemetery is worth a visit anytime of the year, but during autumn this place seems even more mystical…
Pere Lachaise is laid out in numbered divisions, and the divisions are separated by roads and paths.
Pere Lachaise is laid out in numbered divisions, and the divisions are separated by roads and paths.
Plan on spending at least a couple hours at Pere Lachaise to really soak up the atmosphere and to get a sense of the place.
Plan on spending at least a couple hours at Pere Lachaise to really soak up the atmosphere and to get a sense of the place.
Grave to Valerio at Pere Lachaise: "He liked Stendhal, Pavarotti, Gamine, Pink Floyd, but when he was 29..."
Grave to Valerio at Pere Lachaise: “He liked Stendhal, Pavarotti, Gamine, Pink Floyd, but when he was 29…”
Pere Lachaise was the first garden cemetery, laid out in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. It marked a shift in burial practices and rapidly became the model for similar style cemeteries throughout Europe.
Pere Lachaise was the first garden cemetery, laid out in the 20th arrondissement of Paris. It marked a shift in burial practices and rapidly became the model for similar style cemeteries throughout Europe.
Pere Lachaise is a place where the French ‘made the grave a garden’.
Pere Lachaise is a place where the French ‘made the grave a garden’.
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