Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery), Paris, France

père lachaise cemetery
“Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence.”

“To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.”

“You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death’s house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

Early morning, on a very cold and rainy one, I went to the cemetery without expecting much apart from visiting Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison, but to simply enter Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery) then head straight to both graveyards and leave afterward will be a total waste as the 44 hectares cemetery is indeed one of a kind.
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

The Père Lachaise Cemetery is a breath of fresh air, a description that maybe not suitable for a burial site but after a week spent so much time lining up for various Paris museums and monuments, to walk freely without bumping to strangers is a refreshing experience.

I travel alone which basically put me in position where I don’t speak much of the time, yet I still crave for those quiet moments where I can just simply free my mind and let those long forgotten memories rush back, and to have those moments is to go where very few people visit.
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

Located at Boulevard de Ménilmontant reachable by either Metro Line 2 and 3 bound for Père Lachaise station and Line 3 by Gambetta station, the cemetery was opened in 1804 and remain as one of the world’s most visited.

Contradicting my self and the idea of cemetery, maybe this is not the best place to have some quite time as it is becoming as popular as any other Paris monuments.
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

A burial site for the greatest names in literature, science and arts, therefore attracting history aficionados, students on field trip and just curious travelers, it is not an exaggeration to say that Père Lachaise will change the way one associate terms such as spooky or scary to a cemetery.
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

Though most visitors right away head inside and starts to look for famous people tombstones in order to cross them out from a prepared list, the best way to appreciate the cemetery is to take it slow, simply follow the path, then respectfully stop and admire the unadorned headstones, the towering monuments, the elaborate mini chapels and the statues depicting so much emotions, then maybe along the way you will chance upon the burial sites of Piaf, Chopin, Proust to name a few.
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

There is nothing eerie about Père Lachaise, in fact it is quite the opposite as the cemetery exudes an ambiance of melancholy, tranquility and above all a reminder to appreciate that beautiful thing we called life.
père lachaise cemetery
père lachaise cemetery

“When a golden girl can win
Prayer from out the lips of sin,
When the barren almond bears,
And a little child gives away its tears,
Then shall all the house be still
And peace come to Canterville.”

― Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost
père lachaise cemetery

9 thoughts on “Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery), Paris, France

  1. I can only say WOW. About 15 years ago I spent an entire week on most of the cemeteries in Paris photographing all those impressing statues, of course Pere Lachaise was my favorite. I took images of almost the same statues as you did. Having a “deja vue” right now.

    1. Thanks Cornelia! I would love spend an entire week as well.

      Paris Cemeteries are truly something, they are not eerie or scary as what usually associate cemeteries, they are just simply beautiful!

      1. Yes, I agree so much. They are places of calmness and peace, each time I spend time at old cemeteries like Paris or on my recent trip to Krackow ,Poland ( there is a post on my blog) it is more of a meditation place for me.

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