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|Père-Lachaise cemetery, resting place of innumerable celebrities.
an alley of the Père-Lachaise cemetery
Reputedly the most visited cemetery in the world, Père-Lachaise is almost a mini city, with its cobbled streets and rows of neat mausoleums.
Among the famous stiffs are Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Balzac, Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Delacroix, Proust, Gertrude Stein, Modigliani...
Père François se la Chaise (1624-1709), confessor of Louis XIV, lived in a house on the site, which had been built in 1626 by the Jesuits.
In 1804 the city of Paris purhased the property for conversion to a cemetery. The remains of Molière and La Fontaine, those of Héloïse and Abélard, were the first to be interred.
The 44 hectares cemetery is the largest and most beautiful in Paris, many of the tombs are dominated by 19C funeral sculpture.
Next visit: Monday 29 April. RV 14H30. Exit M°Père-Lachaise. 12€. Reservation 06 89 69 91 51