The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is considered as the largest and the most famous cemetery in the world. Moreover, it holds the world record for having the biggest number of… graves. Let’s check out the reasons why a house of the dead becomes one of the most attractive destinations to the tourists travelling to Paris.
With a total area of 44 hectares (approximately 109 acres), The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise includes a variety of large and small sculptures. Coming here, people feel like almost rich families having their relatives buried in this cemetery try to build a sculpture or statue to commemorate.
Although located in France, The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is not only for the French but also for a lot of people, even popular characters, from other countries who have connection with Paris and decide to choose this area as their rest-in-peace place.
To visit this famous cemetery, the tourists had better bring a map because it is easy to be lost among thousands of unique graves here.
Visitors will have the chance to see graves of some literary characters like Victor Noir, Honoré de Balzac, American writers Alice B. Toklas or Gertrude Stein, Charles Nodier and even Irish writer Oscar Wilde.
In addition, musicians’ graves include Chopin, Bizet, Duka, Rossine and Poulenc. Opera singers consist of Edith Piaf, Maria Callas, the American rock ‘n’ roll star Jim Morrison and dancer Isadora Duncan.
Plus, tombs of well-known painters such as Modigliani, Max Ernst, Pissarro, Delacroix and glass sculptor Lalique are also located at this special cemetery. If you are a big fan of classic cinema, this will be a chance for you to give admirable flowers to Simone Signoret, Yves Montand or Sarah Bernhardt.
For all above reasons, The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise has been voted as one of the most impressive and exciting destinations of the French capital.