Cemetery of the Vanities

Cemetery of the Vanities

Père-Lachaise is the largest intramural cemetery in the capital. With shady paths that stretch out over 44 hectares, life reasserts itself here.

It is the largest green space in Paris with about 5,000 trees and many species that mingle with the bestiary of the afterlife. It is a paradise for birds, like fly catchers and red-tailed robins, as well as lizards and bees, which reside in the statue of Casimir Perrier, perched on a huge mausoleum.

You will notice that the more impressive the gravestone is the more the person it is honouring usually a politician has been forgotten. Seek out the more modest graves of immortal poets, novelists, composers, and artists. Look for Musset, Apollinaire, Balzac, Proust, Colette, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Rossini, Géricault, Pissarro, Sarah Bernhard, Piaf and, of course, Jim Morrison. And admire 19th-century masterpieces by Guimard, Visconti, Garnier, Barrias, David d'Angers and Chapu, all immortalised by photographer André Chabot.

Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
16, rue du Repos
75020 Paris

+33 (0)1 55 25 82 10