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Pere Lachaise impressions - shadows

Pere Lachaise impressions - broken window


Pere Lachaise impressions - crying statue

Pere Lachaise impressions - rose

Don’t worry, I am not having a morbid Monday morning. On the contrary, it’s been quite vivid.

However, I went through some of my Paris pictures over the weekend and thought I would share a few (less typical) Père Lachaise impressions with you.

Père Lachaise Cemetery is an extraordinary peaceful and interesting place to hang out for a few hours; a nice breather after enjoying Paris’ buzzing city life, particularly if it’s warm and sunny outside. During one of my last trips to Paris, I spent a couple of hours there, discovering the many headstones, tombs and monuments dedicated to the dead; and, yeah, enjoying the beautiful setting. To be honest, I also felt a bit like being sucked into a different time and age.

Père Lachaise, established in 1804, is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris and probably the world’s most visited one, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. Many of those buried at Père Lachaise have enriched France’s culture life and, yes, of course there is also the grave of The Doors’ Jim Morrison…you will stumble upon the names of numerous well-known artists, composers, performers and writers on the headstones and monuments marking the graves – all embedded in a beautiful almost dreamy setting.

It’s totally worth a visit also for people who actually don’t like graveyards.

Pere Lachaise impressions - Concession a perpetuite

Pere Lachaise impressions - spider web



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  1. September 19, 2013

    I love cemeteries. I missed out on this one when I was in Paris maybe next time. I just did a post about cemetery lately as well. Must be a theme that I am drawn into. Beautiful post.

    • September 19, 2013

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it. If you love cemeteries you will definitely enjoy Pere Lachaise. It is an exceptionally beautiful place. I will look for the post you referred to on your blog. Have a lovely day! The Canary.

  2. September 14, 2013

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I, too, enjoyed Pere Lachaise on my last visit to Paris. It is an amazingly beautiful maze, and I wish I had more time there. I enjoyed looking at your photos and appreciated your thoughts on visiting the site. I especially loved the second photo!

  3. September 6, 2013

    I first heard of Père Lachaise while reading a murder mystery by Claude Izner. I’m visiting Paris soon, and it’s at the top of my list, right after The Tower. Thanks for sharing your views… some beautiful artwork to be found in cemeteries… my favorite is Graceland in Chicago.

    • September 6, 2013

      Thanks for your comment, Ted, and safe travels! I am confident that you will like it! I’ve never been to Chicago but would love to go one day. I will remember to visit Graceland then.

  4. July 20, 2013

    Canary, thanks for sharing these photos. I went there in 1985. There are so many writers buried there…I wanted to see Sartre’s grave (very simple). I remember it as cool and having a lot of trees. It was a beautiful place…but then, like WestieDad…I like graveyards.

    • July 20, 2013

      Thanks, Sued51. It is a v beautiful and peaceful place and – at the same time – a real hub for dead artists. Glad you liked my pictures and that they evoked nice memories. Have a great we (with your cat)!

  5. July 2, 2013

    Great photos. I love Pere Lachaise, but I’m one of those people who like graveyards 🙂

    • July 2, 2013

      Thank you. I have to admit, graveyards can be quite fascinating. Have you ever been to Cairo’s ‘City of the Dead’?

      • July 2, 2013

        I have actually. That was an interesting day. I remember that evening being driven by a manic Egyptian taxi driver waving his arms out the window at Cairo yelling “I love it, I love it”. Not really a City of the Dead memory, but they’re linked for me.

      • July 2, 2013

        Cool;) I found the place really interesting, particularly as there are actually people living on the cemetery as well. Some of the tombs provide for ‘cheap’ housing. It is not considered to be the best of neighborhoods, tho.

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