Are you in search of an offbeat destination in your Paris tours? If so, the Père Lachaise cemetery can be a great destination for you to explore. It is an old cemetery, which is quite large with 70,000 burial plots. Very influential painters, musicians, writers, and politicians in history are eternally resting in the Père Lachaise cemetery, and this is the place, where you can find all the different varieties of funerary art style.
The cemetery was established in 1804 and is the largest of its kind in the Paris city, spreading across 110 acres of land. Within the walls of the cemetery lie many celebrated luminaries the world has ever seen. Below are some of the famous people buried in the Pere Lachaise cemetery.
Victor Noir was a French journalist who lived from 1848 to 1870. He is famous for how he died and the controversies around his death. The tomb of Victor Noir is a symbol of fertility. As per the tradition, if you wish to have a beautiful lover, you need to kiss his lips; if you wish to get pregnant, you need to touch his right foot; and if you are wishing to have twins, then you need to touch his left foot.
You can find a beautiful replica of the body of Victor Noir, adorning his tomb, placed on the tomb in a way similar to the way he would have laid dead in his fine suit with his hat on his side.
Oscar Wilde is an Irish poet, novelist, and play writer who lived from 1854 to 1900. It is believed that he died in a Parisian hotel. An angel bearing the weight of the tomb rock represents the grave of Wilde. Visitors leave flowers, letters and tissues with color stained kisses on the tombstone.
The officials of the cemetery have put up a glass case around the grave on which many visitors write their messages.
Jin Morrison was an American singer and poet who lived from 1943 to 1971. The grave of Jim Morrison is one of the most famous graves in the cemetery. The singer died in a bathtub in Paris and his grave has been a pilgrimage place for “The Doors” fans.
The grave of Jim had been decorated with graffiti painting. Many visitors still share beer with the famous singer by pouring the contents of their beer can over the grave. The headstone of the grave translates to “true to his own spirit.”
Abelard and Heloise
The love story of Abelard and Heloise is one the most famous romances of the Middle Ages. The letters that were exchanged between Abelard and Heloise are still read by many. In the year 1817, the bones of the lovers were buried together under a big and decorated tomb.
Molière was a French actor and playwright, considered to be one of the best masters of comedy in the world of Western literature. He is also considered as the creator of the modern French comedy. An example of his hilarious comedies is Tartuffe, where he mocks religious hypocrites.
Théodore Géricault was a very influential French painter. “The Raft of the Medusa” by Géricault is one of the most visited paintings in the Louvre Museum. The tomb of Géricault in the cemetery is magnificent and features a reclining monument of Géricault on its top.
A sculpture of Géricault made of bronze can be seen here, with his palette and paintbrush in his hands. You can also find a bronze version of “The Raft of the Medusa” on the side of the tomb, so that every visitor of the tomb will know his genius.
Frederic Chopin was a legendary Polish composer and a musician. Admirers and fans of Chopin regularly leave flowers and bouquets all over the grave. The grave is already quite lovely and on your visit, you might think that the person died recently due to the amount of flowers that you might find on the already lovely grave.
Marcel Proust was a French novelist and a critic who is much known for his work “In Search Of The Lost Time”. Proust is known for his detailed analysis on human mind and is famous as one of the greatest authors of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, he died before finishing the last draft of the final volume of a book, which can published after his death by his brother.
Édith Piaf was a French cabaret songwriter, singer, and actor, who lived from 1915 to 1963. She was regarded as one of the greatest popular singers of France. Songs like La Vie En Rose will let you listen to her captivating voice and the power with which she sings.
Honore De Balzac
Honore De Balzac is a French playwright and novelist who lived from 1799 to 1850. His most well known publication is “The Human Comedy”. The headstone of Balzac’s tomb is made of bronze and is places on a pillar with a quill at its bottom.