Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Ever-Famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris

Although the idea of choosing from apartments in Paris which are close to a cemetery may sound bizarre, when it comes to the famous Père Lachaise cemetery, this spot is regarded as a must-see when in Paris and its location in the 20th arrondissement is highly sought-after and regarded by both tourists and locals. The Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is reputably the most visited in the world, thanks to its plethora of famous French figures, writers, artists and international celebrities who are laid at rest here.

Also known as the cimetière de l'Est, the Père Lachaise cemetery is located in eastern Paris, with its main entrance next to the Phillipe Auguste Métro. Many prefer to use the entrance at the Gambetta Métro station, since it is then a downhill stroll through the huge cemetery grounds, passing the likes of the Oscar Wilde tomb.

Père Lachaise Cemetery: RIP Jim Morrison and other greats

Paris’ Père Lachaise cemetery was established at the start of the 19th century, but initially received little attention as it was widely considered to be too far away from central Paris. After several relocations of famous tombs and its importance in the political left minds of Paris, Père Lachaise cemetery suddenly became hugely popular, its numbers jumping from dozens to tens of thousands over a few years.

Nowadays, the Père Lachaise cemetery recieves just as much exposure as would the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre. Millions flock to its grounds every year to pay their respects to their loved ones or to show their appreciation for a world-renowned personality.
The most internationally famous of the Père Lachaise cemetery are Jim Morrison of The Doors, Edith Piaf, the painters Seurat, Pissaro and the novelist Oscar Wilde. However, there are various names pertaining to French history, discovery and culture that are widely admired by the French population.

But whether its visitors come to pay their respects, or to simply relax in the beauty of this deeply peaceful Paris area, the Père Lachaise cemetery leaves a lasting and impression from the city of light.

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