Pere Lachaise cemetery

Statues and mausoleums in the Pere La Chaise cemetery, Paris, France

As are many city cemeteries, there’s by a massive wall and lined with 5,000 trees. Meandering paths wander through the slightly rising slopes of the workers’ district of Belleville.. Named for Father (Père) La Chaise, whose job was listening to Louis XIV’s sins. It open in 1804 and was the scene of one of the final phases of the 1870 the Paris Commune . There was close fighting within the cemetery and 147 captured communards were executed against what’s now known as the Communards’ Wall (Mur des Fédérés)

Many famous people are buried here, including Jim Morrison, Collete, Balzac, Oscar Wilde and many of Napoleon’s marshals

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Image updated—January 19, 2014
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