The Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is the resting place of many people including Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, and Jean de La Fontaine, the French playwright. The Père Lachaise Cemetery is far-fetched from the bustling city attractions and resides toward the northeast side of Paris. Yet the Parisian cemetery has an aura of calmness about it and is a must-visit place for everyone on Paris private tours.
The cemetery features inscribed tombs and vaults nearby tree-lined pathways. At division 12 of the Père Lachaise, you can find the Théodore Géricault headstone, the French painter who painted the “Raft of the Medusa”, and at division 85, the famous French writer Marcel Proust’s tombstone. Aside the Géricault headstone, you may see the recreated panel of “Raft of the Medusa” painting, which features in Paris’s Louvre museum as well.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, the comic actor who entertained everyone with his creative ideas, was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in 1817. It is said that even normal regular Parisians could be buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, and that burial plots can be leased for a period of 30 to 50 years. If the lease doesn’t get renewed after that, the grave gets removed and replaced with the tombstone of other people afterward.
Touring visitors or even Parisians who crave for knowledge may go to Père Lachaise and learn about French culture, popular arts, and see the architectural tombstone of great personalities of the past. You can also see the George-Eugène Haussmann tombstone in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, which many believe to be symbolic of the old Paris city and its architecture.
With hidden nooks and gothic structures, the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the twentieth arrondissement of Paris still enchants many tourists on Paris private tours. Once you enter the heart of Paris in your tour schedule, Père Lachaise Cemetery is worth seeing for the wealth of knowledge, for the romanticism of the place, and for the love of the city of lights.
With fellow crew giving you input, and with bilingual guides guiding you from beside, you are assured of never missing out a tombstone or its specialties in the Père Lachaise Cemetery. Tourists can accompany the Paris tour guide, go visit each tombstone and headstone, and listen to the tales of buried dignitaries in the Père Lachaise Cemetery.
There is more to know about the world famous place – the extracts of Abelard and Heloise love letters, and the fact that the cemetery is named after King Louis XIV’s confessor.