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This cemetery of 44 hectares surprised me by its aspect of an "English garden" with uneven alleys, ways and paths intermingling in an inextricable labyrinth.
Nothing is to be found at the Père Lachaise of the usual geometrical layout of most cemeteries of our regions.

The vegetation, more than 5.000 tall trees of all species, dominates everything, even the highest monuments. The hilliness of the cemetery, the roots of the trees destabilized many monuments which lean towards their neighbours. The Père Lachaise is known as the largest garden of Paris, but it is an almost wild garden. The cobblestones of the alleys do not facilitate walking. Put on good shoes.

There are approximately 70.000 monuments of all styles: antique, gothic, haussmannien or simple tomb stones. From these more than 200 belong to celebrities.
The shape of funeral monuments mostly met is that of a ?little house? serving for all the family (photo 1) what explains why there are approximately 300.000 bodies buried here.
The accumulation of the tombs is considerable, it is necessary to slip between the tombs to reach those of the second or third lines. Here and there emerge a large monument (photo 2). In the high part (div.87) is the neo Byzantine style crematorium whose black chimneys at the top are impressive (photo 3).


Address: Bvd de Ménilmontant, Paris 20e
Directions: Métro Père Lachaise station in front of entry 'Porte des Amandiers".
Line 2 & 3

Phone: +33 1 55 25 82 10
Website: http://www.pere-lachaise.com

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2015
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