Cimetière du Père Lachaise — Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tombstones or Cemeteries

This is our entry in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tombstones or Cemeteries.

Cimetière du Père Lachaise (the Père Lachaise cemetery) is a very popular site for tourists in Paris. The last time we went there, we took a small Kindle e-reader with a copy of Rick Steves’ Tour: Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. Because we entered at the Porte du Repos pedestrian main entrance on the Boulevard de Ménilmontant (exiting Métro de Paris at the Philippe-Auguste station on line 2), we walked through uphill, meeting all the other Rick Steves aficionados walking downhill (as he recommends) carrying his book.  (They entered at the north/back entrance close to the Gambetta station on Métro line 3; however, official maps are available only at the main entrance.)

Even in the rain (which adds to the mood), this is a fascinating adventure. Here are a few of our favorite tombstones.

Oscar Wilde at Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Oscar Wilde at Cimetière du Père Lachaise

 

Abelard and Heloise at Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Abelard and Heloise at Cimetière du Père Lachaise

 

Frederic Chopin at Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Frederic Chopin at Cimetière du Père Lachaise

 

Jim Morrison at Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Jim Morrison at Cimetière du Père Lachaise

The photos were taken on May 24, 2015 with an Olympus TG-3 camera.

For much more interesting information about this cemetery, visit the Père Lachaise Cemetery page at Paris for Visitors.  On page 2 of this site is a link to an online map where you can take a virtual tour and search for graves.

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