If you are in Paris, it’s a great day to wander the historic walkways of the famed Pere Lachaise Cemetery. If you are not in Paris, we’ll take you on a little journey back in time. Many notables are buried in this cemetery – and – if they paid for eternal resting space – you can still find their graves.
Among them is one of the most visited tourist sites in Paris: the grave of famed Jim Morrison. His story is well known. Born James Douglas Morrison in 1943, Morrison was an American singer and songwriter most remembered for his lead singing role in the rock band The Doors. His pioneering spirit in music got him on the charts of Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Morrison developed alcohol dependency. He died at the tragically young age of 27 in Paris in 1971.
Also in the cemetery is Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and writer who was famous especially in London in the 1880’s and 1890’s. Among his masterpieces: The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance and more. His very visionary art-deco styled grave is often covered with red lipstick kisses.
Famed watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet and many members of his family have a vault here, as well. Breguet is known as the inventor
of the tourbillon and many other watchmaking advances, and was watchmaker to the royal courts – having made watches for Marie Antoinette, Caroline Murat and Napoleon.
Frédéric François Chopin, Polish composer and pianist is buried in the cemetery (though his heart is entombed in a pillar at the Holy Christ church in Warsaw), as is Jean-Louis André Théodore
Géricault –an influential French artist, painter and lithographer, known for The Raft of the Medusa and other paintings. Although he died young, he was known as a pioneer of the Romantic Movement in art and has a very ornate sculpture above his grave.