Pere Lachaise Cemetery ~ Paris (Photo Essay)

Pere Lachaise Cemetery ~ Paris (Photo Essay)

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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Entrance of the pere lachaise cemetery in Paris France
Entrance of Père Lachaise, the most visited cemetery in the world. It was established in 1804 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

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Colorful flowers along the walls of the pere lachaise cemetery during fall in paris france
The colorful flowers along with the dead leaves during fall contrast with the gray tombstones.

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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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rich tombs and monuments along old crumbling tombstones in the pere lachaise cemetery in paris
Many rich aristocrats are buried here with their family, all competing against each other by the size of their tombs even after death.

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a dead tree with tombstones in an alley during fall in the pere lachaise cemetery in paris
Père Lachaise is home to some of the most famous French and foreign personalities.

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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.

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A monument to the dead, next to the Crematorium in Paris.

A monument to the dead, next to the Crematorium.

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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.

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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.

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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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Memorial to the workers fallen during the Nazi invasion.

Memorial to the workers fallen during the Nazi invasion.

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

  • http://www.baconismagic.ca 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

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      Thanks Ayngelina! you’ll have a good time. I love shooting wide angle :)

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  • http://www.OnOurOwnPath.com 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?

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com Daniel Nahabedian

      I found this article that explains the kisses a bit on his grave. Still shady though. http://bit.ly/ccV0Af

      • http://www.OnOurOwnPath.com Bessie

        sketchy indeed! Oscar Wilde sounds like quite an interesting guy. I suppose I could imagine worse things happening to a grave than kisses.

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    the photos of this post are great, they tell the story well. great work

  • http://www.kirstenalana.com/ 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!!

    • http://www.canvas-of-light.com 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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