Photo Essay: Père Lachaise Cemetery

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When I was in Paris this past August I spent an afternoon at the Père Lachaise Cemetery.  Established in 1804, it the largest cemetery in Paris and was the final resting place for Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Jim Morrison and countless other famous people.  According to official records over 1,000,000 people have been interned there.

The weather for my visit was perfect.  It was overcast with dramatic clouds, and the occasional break in the clouds would let slivers of light through that cast highlights on the tombs.  It is a remarkably peaceful place to walk through and photograph, and is one of my favourite places to visit in Paris.

All images in this essay were taken with the Fuji X100t.  I hope you enjoy them.

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2 thoughts on “Photo Essay: Père Lachaise Cemetery

  1. didiergm says:

    In the Père Lachaise , there is one place which I find quite remarquable – which I would recommend for one of your next visit. It’s Allan Kardec’s tumb (Look for Tombe Allan Kardec on Google Image) he was one of the first people to talk about spriritism in Europe.

    His resting place is covered with flowers 365 days a year, regardless of the weather. The first time I found his grave was at dusk, on a snowy day the Père Lachaise was quite desolate and deserted as you can imagine and all of a sudden I stumbled upon this oasis of flowers making a powerful image, to this day still engraved in my mind.

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