Photo Essay: Jardin du Souvenir, Paris' Père Lachaise Cemetery.
Exploring perhaps the most famous cemetery in the world, Père Lachaise, located in Paris' 20th arrondissement. Noted for being both the first garden cemetery & the first municipal cemetery, Père Lachaise is the final resting place to some of the world's most famous artists, writers, & performers.
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Opened on 21 May 1804, Père Lachaise is the final resting place to some of France’s most celebrated dead.
Initially unpopular due to its distance from Paris’ city center, Père Lachaise achieved notoriety when, shortly after its opening, the remains of famous french writers Jean de la Fontaine & Molière were relocated to the cemetery as part of a marketing push by administrators.
The largest cemetery within Paris’ city limits, its 110 acres are home to more than 2 million sets of human remains, housed in both crypts & ossuaries.
Plots are still available, though scarce, & can be purchased on 50, 30, or 10 year leases.
Seeing more than 3.5 million visitors per year, Père Lachaise is the most visited cemetery in the world.
"Magic Forest" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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