Friday, January 5, 2018

Reasons to Visit Paris in 2018

From Blasting News:
The Père Lachaise Cemetery is planted in the 20th arrondissement, and it's the largest in the city, stretching 110 acres. Named after King Louis XIV’s confessor, it holds over 70,000 burial plots. You might find it strange, an article suggesting you visit a place full of dead people on your lovely, romantic holiday. But it’s worth it, trust me. The walls around it stretch on for ages, but just keep walking until you find an ornate looking door. That’s the entrance - or one of them at least. Here you’ll find, as morbid as it sounds, the most incredible tombstones and graves. Oscar Wilde, Jean-François Champollion, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, and Jean de La Fontaine are a few of the well-known men and women who are buried there.

Here are a few fun facts for you:
• The first person to be buried there was a five-year-old girl named Adélaïde Paillard de Villeneuve.
• During its first year of opening, the cemetery only had 13 graves.
• Due to the lack of bones in there, the administrators transferred the dead from other local cemeteries.
• Père Lachaise still accepts new burials today, but there are strict acceptance rules.
• Some multi graves - those who house families - have shelving underground to accommodate them all (Read more.)

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