Saturday, June 20, 2015

Pere Lachaise-Paris, France

I have been to Paris several times and have seen the major tourist sites. Venturing a bit off the beaten path this trip. Today, I went to Cemetery Pere Lacaise in the 20th arrondissement. This is the largest about 110 acres and most visited Parisian cemetery. It is more of a park filled with trees, mausoleums and funeral sculptures. In the 17th century, the Jesuits acquired this estate and built a hospice on it. Following Robert Damien's attempt to wound Louis XV, the Jesuits were expelled from the kingdom and the buildings handed over to the creditors. From 1804 , it became known as the Cemetiere de l'Est.

My walk by Gilles Drsmons and a map, took me three hours. The map bought at the gate for 2.50 Euros.  
The cemetery is laid out by divisions. It is easier to navigate if you know the graves you want to see before going. Some of the graves are not easy to find however there are people to help along the way. 

March 1 1810-October 17 1849
Duvision 11

Jim Morrison 1943-1972
Of the Doors, until a few years ago his tomb consisted of a wooden cross. 
Located Division #6

Delacroix 1798-1863
Located #49

Balzac 1799-1850
Division #48

Oscar Wilde 1854-1900
Division 89

Located Division #97


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