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Belleville - Père Lachaise

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Photo Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris Photo

Most people would be hard pressed to name what American rocker Jim Morrison, Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, and French singer Edith Piaf have in common, but the departed stars are linked in one indelible way. They’re all buried at Père-Lachaise, the largest cemetery in Paris, and arguably the most famous in the world.

Located in the 20th arrondissement, Père-Lachaise is massive, spanning nearly 109 acres. Visitors can spend hours strolling the grounds and paying their respects to acclaimed writers, artists, musicians and philosophers, including Marcel Proust, Guillaume Apollinaire, Colette, Gertrude Stein, Sarah Bernhardt, Honoré de Balzac and many others.

Referred to as “la cité des morts” – the city of the dead – the cemetery attracts nearly 2 million visitors annually. While its famous occupants are certainly the main draw, Père-Lachaise could easily double as a park. Its rolling hills, leafy trees and ornamental sculptures are beautiful. Many visitors read, write and even picnic within the cemetery walls. Read the entire story here…»