The largest green space in Paris, with about 5,000 trees and many species that mingle with the bestiary of the afterlife, Père-Lachaise is first and foremost a paradise for birds, like fly catchers and red-tailed robins, as well as lizards and even bees, which reside in the statue of the former president of France Casimir Perrier, perched on a huge mausoleum.
The more philosophical visitors 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 the immortal poets, novelists, composers, and artists who populate the necropolis. 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 sculptural 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
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