PHOTOS: PARIS'S PÈRE LACHAISE CEMETERY

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is one of the largest and most iconic cemeteries in the world. While many of us are familiar with some of the famous names buried here -- including Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, and Marcel Proust -- this sprawling landscape includes much more. You could spend days wandering through the 110 acres and looking at beautiful monuments and family mausoleum buildings that are hundreds of years old. With over one million internments, including a crematorium and columbarium, Père Lachaise is a surprisingly contemporary example of Western burial practices. I enjoyed strolling the impeccably maintained grounds along lovely cobblestone pathways. Take a look at some of my favorite photos!

Translation: Created to replace the unsanitary parish cemeteries in the city, this landscape style cemetery was designed by Alexandre Theodore Brongniart. Planted with 4,134 trees of 76 different species, its size of 43.2 hectares make it the largest green space in Paris. A precursor to the evolution of modern death care industry practices, it was the first cemetery in France to have a crematorium (1890), a columbarium (1893-1912), and a cremation garden (1985). The cemetery has 69,000 burials. This majestic sanctuary of memory houses the Communards’ Wall (where 147 French socialist revolutionaries are buried), monuments to those deported during WWII and foreign fighters, as well as the burials of many famous people.