Paris 2008 (7)
More images from the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise...
Grave of Jim Morrison
James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943—July 3, 1971) better known as Jim was lead singer of The Doors. A shield placed over the grave was stolen in 1973. In 9181, a new tombstone was erected and this was stolen in 1988. An ignoble gravesite for one of the legends of music.
Patty amongst the tombs
Some people may think that wandering around a cemetery may not be the best way to spend an afternoon but this place is wonderful. Lots of interesting scultures, tombs, statuary, stained glass and, of course, some very great and famous people are buried here.
Grave of Théodore Géricault
Resting place of Frédéric Chopin
Frédéric Chopin (1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) wrote over 230 pieces of music. Perhaps the most popularly famous of these is the Funeral March (Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor) but he wrote many other examples of great classical music. He did not write Chopsticks (The Celebrated Chop Waltz) which was written by Euphemia Allen.
The cemetery can be very emotional. While we were here a young woman stood looking at Chopin's resting place crying. She was on her own and so we took a photo for her of her in front of the tomb. A little while later I realized I had put my camera down to hold hers and had to race back to the spot to retrieve it before it disappeared.
Tomb of Vivant Denon
Vivant Denon (4 January 1747–27 April 1825) was an artist, writer, diplomat, author and archaeologist. He was the first director of the Louvre.
Resting place of Georges Bizet
Georges Bizet (25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875) wrote many pieces including the famous Carmen.
Pompidou Centre Modern Art Museum
Unfortunately this place was closed when we visited.
If you're in Paris you should visit this art gallery, it's fantastic.
Construction began on Notre Dame in 1163 and it was finally completed in 1345 – almost 200 years later. The square in front of the cathedral is "point zero" for the mile-markers on roads leading from Paris.
This page created 10th September 2011, last modified 11th September 2011