I know it seems strange to make a tourist stop at a cemetery…but this cemetery is an oasis of peace and quiet in the center of the city,though it is a bit odd to go meandering among tombstones and occasionally cross with other tourists.
Some graves are tourist attractions in and of themselves: Jim Morrison, Frederic Chopin, Edith Piaf, or the occultist Alan Kardec, whose tomb recalls some bizarre rite for those not familiar with the occult arts.
Some of the sculptures are wonderful, but I feel that it’d be best to visit with a trained guide who can show you the most interesting tombs and explain the history of those aristocrats, Freemasons, and merchants whose graves hide a secret symbolism hidden from the untrained eye.
You can purchase a map of the cemetery with a list of famous occupants (most are French but still recognizable), but you can find the same map for free in some tourist information stands. Rest in peace!
Truly curious. A completely different world. The entrance is closet to La Défense and the visit is free. It takes more or less 45 minutes to explore the amazing corridor full of skeletons (around 7 million). You just have to see it!
Over 100 years ago the sculptor Brancusi was commissioned to make a small monument dedicated to a Russian anarchist who committed suicide for love in Paris. Although her parents did not like it, to me it is the most beautiful tomb and undoubtedly the most amazing kiss ever represented. If you want to know more come in and find out about it. http://bit.ly/wxNuCS.
This is the tomb of Oscar Wilde. I was disappointed to see the damage done to it by tourists. It was full of "kisses", hearts and all kinds of messages from people all over the world inscribed on it. I do not understand why this tomb together with that of Jim Morrison are not guarded. I can also not understand how people can find it fun to do these things.
Van Gogh's grave is the primary attraction of Auvers sur Oise. The town has approximately 7,000 inhabitants and is 30kms from Paris. Alongside Van Gogh's grave also lies the body of his brother, Theo. The village cemetery is next to the town. It is accessible from the same exit and is more or less 1 km from the centre. It is very easy to find as there are plenty of signs in the area to show the way. The tiny cemetery is surrounded by walls and is approximately 60 square meters. The cemetery has one level and to find the grave of Van Gogh just have to look for the small group of people .... He's on the left. Although Van Gogh's body lies in Auvers sur Oise, he had only been living there for a few months. He had come from the French Provence where he was admitted into a mental hospital. He settled in Auvers where, thanks to Theo, he met a famous doctor willing to welcome and help him (it is also possible to visit this house in Auvers sur Oise, which today has been converted into a restaurant). Due to his loneliness, Van Gogh committed suicide by shooting himself twice just a few months after arriving in the village. Six months after his brother Theo died.
Born April 26, 1798 in France, he was one of the most famous romanticism painters. He portrayed among other things, the Muslim world, the result of his travels. He died on August 13, 1863, leaving a large number of works, many of which are in the Louvre in Paris. After seeing "Liberty Leading the People" in a history book at school, it impacted me a lot and I became interested in his work. So after visiting the Louvre, I decided to visit his grave, which is located in the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Novels such as Scipio Africanus served as inspiration for the painters tomb.