One of the entrances to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery)
Saturday - day 8 (continued)
Leaving Montmartre, we took the Metro to Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery or "East Cemetery"). Occupying more than 100 acres, Père Lachaise Cemetery is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris.
Père Lachaise was founded by Napoleon 1804 and has become one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. Hundreds of thousands of visitors annually visit the graves of hundreds of artists, scientists, actors, musicians, authors, actors, politicians and architects. Walking down any lane will soon take you by the grave of someone you have heard of, or someone interesting whom you have never heard of.
We bought a map of Père Lachaise Cemetery from a women by the entrance we used. We made a point of visiting the graves of Jim Morrison from The Doors and the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, but saw many other burials of note.
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