Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris

Mike and I took a two-week road trip through Italy, Monaco, France, Spain,
England, and Belgium this past September.
You can read our other road trip posts about this trip here.
Or, see all our travel posts here.

I totally geeked out when I found out the apartment we would be staying in in Paris neighboured Pere Lachaise cemetery. I've wanted to visit since I studied its many treasures in a funerary art class during my undergrad.

I was happy to discover it does not disappoint in person.

louis auguste blanqui's monument - father of blanquism

I couldn't have chosen a better time of year to see it either, with its huge trees turning orange and yellow, and leaves crunching underfoot.

Yes, its cliché, but there is just something about cemeteries in the fall. 

Oscar Wilde's grave, Pere Lachaise cemetery

momentos at Oscar Wilde's grave, Pere Lachaise Cemetery

Journalist Victor Noir's tomb at Pere Lachaise Cemetery
(he was shot and killed in a duel for criticizing a relation of Napoleon III)

ladies rub his statue for luck, fertility, and medicinal cures

I love funerary art. It has an uncanny ability to tell stories and touch people in ways most art can't. Maybe because it treats a theme we'll all deal with someday, or because it is usually quite literal.

In either case, I think cemeteries are some of the best art galleries in the world.

- Jess

Other cemeteries we've visited:


  1. A funerary art class? Jess, you make me want to go back to school.

    1. If I could, I'd go to school for the rest of my life :)

  2. Very impressive! It's always so incredibly neat to visit places you've studied in person :) Beautiful photos!


  3. I love Pere Lachaise! Such a beautiful and peaceful place... And funerary art class? Would totally take that, so interesting!!
    Kristina x


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