Pere Lachaise Cemetery ~ Paris (Photo Gallery)


Bored of the Eiffel Tower or the Notre-Dame Cathedral when visiting the beautiful city of Paris? Why not spend a quiet afternoon walking along the haunting tombstones of the most famous and most visited cemetery in the world? The Père Lachaise Cemetery!

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Pere Lachaise Cemetery entrance in Paris, France

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Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France

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A memorial to hospital and medical staff fallen for their country during wars in the pere lachaise cemetery in paris.

A memorial to hospital and medical staff fallen for their country during wars.

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a dead tree with tombstones in an alley during fall in the pere lachaise cemetery in paris

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the grave of James Douglas Morrison, best known as Jim Morrison in pere lachaise cemetery in paris france

The most visited grave is the grave of James Douglas Morrison, best known as Jim Morrison.

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A monument in honor of Casimir Perier, a famous French politician under the reign of Louis Philippe I in paris.

A monument in honor of Casimir Perier, a famous French politician under the reign of Louis Philippe I in paris.

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Grave of Charles Floquet, 55th Prime Minister of France in pere lachaise in paris.

Grave of Charles Floquet, 55th Prime Minister of France in pere lachaise in paris.

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a crumbling statue of an angel over a grave in the pere lachaise cemetery in paris, france

Even the most beautiful statues start crumbling and names end up forgotten.

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An angel guarding the grave of the Fauche family in Paris cemetery.

An angel guarding the grave of the Fauche family in Paris cemetery.

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Spooky grave of Victor Schoelcher, a French abolitionist writer in the 1800s.

Spooky grave of Victor Schoelcher, a French abolitionist writer in the 1800s.

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The most photographed grave in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in France.

Probably the most photographed grave in the cemetery. Many tourists take snapshots while lying next to the statue and rubbing that special still clean spot.

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a creepy statue at the entrance of a mausoleum in Paris.

Would you dare to enter? Creepy!

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Second most visited location in the cemetery: Oscar Wilde's grave. The red dots are all lipstick marks.

Second most visited location in the cemetery: Oscar Wilde’s grave. The red dots are all lipstick marks.

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What about you? Have you ever visited the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris? What did you think about it?


Comments (13)

  1. Ayngelina

    Daniel your work is so inspiring, after seeing the first few photos I decided to only shoot with my 10-22 today, hopefully I can capture something in Cartagena

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  2. Bessie

    Great shots and tour through the cemetary! I can’t believe the lipstick on Oscar Wilde’s grave – any idea on the the back story?

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  3. Kirsten

    I have a “thing” for cemeteries myself. So I greatly enjoyed this post. I’d have loved to see some images that were more detail oriented rather than mostly far away shots – but again, I really loved this. Cemeteries are so interesting to me from a historical and architectural perspective. Definitely plan to visit Pere Lachaise when I am in Paris in March. I appreciate that you gave me a sneak peek of what I can expect!!

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    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you very much Kirsten!
      You are absolutely right, I have realized later that I did not take any detail shots. I was still new to the photo essay world so that served me a lesson!
      Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did! It’s really a beautiful relaxing place away from the tourist attractions (even though it’s touristy).

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