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Père Lachaise



Also called Cimetière de l'Est, it was opened in 1804 and is the first cemetery of Paris by its size. It has become a real tourist attraction.

Follow the link to download a map of the cemetery with a list of the persons buried there (it will download automatically to your download folder).

<a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Seurat">Georges Seurat</a> (1859-1891) - French post-Impressionist artist best known for devising the painting techniques known as <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divisionism">Divisionism</a> and <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointillism">Pointillism</a>. Painting Le Cirque by Georges Seurat, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons // Photo of Seurat by unidentified photographer, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.
<a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honor%C3%A9_de_Balzac">Honoré de Balzac</a> (1799-1850) - He was a French novelist and playwright, one of the masters of 19th century literature and Realism in France. He is most famous for his opus <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Books_of_La_Com%C3%A9die_humaine">La Comédie Humaine</a> (the Human Comedy), which presents an insight of post-Napoleonic French life in a series of novels spanning the different aspects of French society of the time. Painting of Balzac by Louis Boulanger, <a target="_blank"  href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug%C3%A8ne_Delacroix">Eugène Delacroix</a> (1798-1863) - 19th century French painter regarded as the leader of the French <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanticism">Romantic school</a>. Painting <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_Leading_the_People">La Liberté guidant le Peuple</a> (Liberty leading the People) by Eugène Delacroix, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons // Self Portrait by Eugène Delacroix, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. Sidonie-Gabrielle <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colette">Colette</a> (1873-1954) - Popular French author, she was also a mime, an actress and a journalist. She started her writing career as Willy which was the pen name of her first husband with the series of the “Claudines”, four semi-autobiographical stories charting the coming of age and young adulthood of her eponymous heroine. Colette told mainly of women in traditional roles, such as husband hunters, discarded, ageing or déclassé mistresses. She wrote in the form of novellas, examined aspects of female psychology and sexuality, her writing often sensuous and spontaneous. Photo of Colette by Henri Manuel, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89dith_Piaf">Édith Piaf</a> (1915-1963) - One of France's most loved singers of the 20th century and an amazing performer on stage. Her songs are known all over the world, follow the links to watch her performing a few of them: <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I00013654/edith-piaf-video.html">La vie en rose</a>, <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I00013647/edith-piaf-l-accordeoniste-video.html">L'accordéoniste</a>, <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I00012045/edith-piaf-l-homme-a-la-moto-video.html">L'homme à la moto</a>, <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I00012721/edith-piaf-la-foule-video.html">La foule</a> and of course <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I00014450/edith-piaf-non-je-ne-regrette-rien-video.html">Non, je ne regrette rien</a>. Photo by Studio Harcourt, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Delpech">Michel Delpech</a> (1946-2016) - Popular French singer who left his imprint in the French music scene of the 70s and landed many hits such as  <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I05050555/michel-delpech-chez-laurette-video.html">Chez Laurette</a>, his first song and then just to name a few: <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I13156446/michel-delpech-pour-un-flirt-video.html">Pour un flirt</a>,  <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I13123788/michel-delpech-video.html">Le chasseur</a>, <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I05042309/michel-delpech-video.html">Le Loir et Cher</a>. Photo of Michel Delpech © Georges Biard, <a target="_blank"  href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC BY-SA 3.0</a>, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_B%C3%A9caud">Gilbert Bécaud</a> (1927-2001) - French singer, composer, pianist and actor. His most famous songs <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I06241724/gilbert-becaud-nathalie-video.html">Nathalie</a> and <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I15271711/gilbert-becaud-et-maintenant-video.html">Et maintenant</a> gave him an international reputation, but you might also want to check those two little gems featuring Brigitte Bardot: <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I04117041/gilbert-becaud-les-marches-de-provence-video.html">Les marchés de Provence</a> and <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I04117039/gilbert-becaud-alors-raconte-video.html">Alors raconte</a>. Photo of Bécaud © Joost Evers/Anefo, <a target="_blank"  href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0 NL</a>, via Wikimedia Commons. Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a.k.a. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moli%C3%A8re">Molière</a> (1622-1673) - French actor and playwright, he is considered the creator of modern French comedy, one of the unavoidable classic authors every French child studies at school. Portrait of Molière by Pierre Mignard, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric_Chopin">Frédéric Chopin</a> (1810-1849) - Polish composer and pianist of the Romantic music movement of the 19th century. He moved to France in 1831 and lived there until his death. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Muriel-Nguyen-Xuan-Chopin-valse-opus64-1.ogg">Click here</a> to listen to his “Minute Waltz” written in 1847. Portrait by his fiancée Maria Wodzinska, National Museum in Warsaw, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons // Recording of the Minute Waltz by Muriel Nguyen Xuan and Stéphane Magnenat, <a target="_blank"  href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Morrison">James Douglas (Jim) Morrison</a> (1943-1971) - American singer and songwriter, he was the lead singer of the rock band <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Doors">The Doors</a>. He died in Paris. Follow the links for some songs performed by The Doors: first a video tribute with pictures of Morrison on the soundtrack of <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkFCJyqd0As">The End</a>, then <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lS-af9Q-zvQ">Riders on the Storm</a> and finally <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbj1RFaoyLk">Light my Fire</a>. Photo of Jim Morrison by Elektra Records, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde">Oscar Wilde</a> (1854-1900) - Irish wit, poet, and dramatist who was a spokesman for the late 19th-century <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aestheticism">Aesthetic movement</a> that advocates art for art's sake. His most famous works are probably his novel <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Picture_of_Dorian_Gray">The Picture of Dorian Gray</a> and his play <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Importance_of_Being_Earnest">The Importance of Being Earnest</a>. He spent two years of his life in prison for charges of homosexuality and when finally released left England for France, where he died two and a half years later. Photo of Oscar Wilde by Napoleon Sarony, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_Signoret">Simone Signoret</a> (1921-1985) and <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yves_Montand">Yves Montand</a> (1921-1991) - Simone Signoret was a French actress known for her portrayal of fallen romantic heroines and headstrong older women. She won an Academy Award, for her role in <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Room_at_the_Top_(1959_film)">Room at the Top</a> in 1959. Yves Montand was an actor and music-hall singer. Chaperoned by Edith Piaf, he started his career as a singer before moving to the cinema where he attained international fame with his first film Le Salaire de la Peur <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Wages-of-Fear-film-1953#ref1121412">(Wages of Fear)</a>. He had a long and very successful career with the French cinema and was one of France's most loved actors. Follow the links for some of his songs: <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I00003959/yves-montand-les-grands-boulevards-video.html">Les grands boulevards</a>, <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.ina.fr/video/I07142471/yves-montand-dans-les-plaines-du-far-west-video.html">Dans les plaines du Far-West</a> and <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOZPWpiNUWQ">La bicyclette</a>. Signoret and Montand married in 1951 and although he was notorious for several affairs (among others with his co-star Marylin Monroe on the film-set of <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let%27s_Make_Love">Let's make Love</a>), their union held until Signoret's death in 1985. Both were quite politically engaged, championing many left-wing causes. Photo of Yves Montand in 1952 © Van Duinen / Anefo, <a target="_blank"  href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/nl/deed.en">CC BY-SA 3.0 NL</a>, via Wikimedia Commons // Portrait of Simone Signoret is from a photo taken by us of Henri Langlois' tomb where she features as Marie in the movie <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casque_d%27Or">Casque d'Or</a>. <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_de_Musset">Alfred de Musset</a> (1810-1857) - French author, playwright and poet of the Romantic literature movement of the 19th century. I personally like him very much for his historical plays such as <a target="_blank"  href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzaccio">Lorenzaccio</a>, his autobiographical Confession d'un enfant du siècle <a target="_blank"  href="http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/3942">(the confession of a child of the century)</a> and for his tormented poems of the "Nuits" <a target="_blank"  href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/622767.Nights">(Nights)</a> series. Portrait of Musset by Charles Landelle, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

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