Père Lachaise
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Death and History
Death and History
Père Lachaise is one of the most famous collections of graves in the world and is said to be one of the most visited. Tourists flock to it when they are in Paris to see famous graves like those belonging to Chopin, Jim Morrison and of course - Oscar Wilde. Estimates as to the number of interred are usually around the 300,000 mark. However, it's the art and architecture inside Père Lachaise that always fascinates me. Perhaps it is morbid but incredibly detailed statues and soaring vaults laid out in the most elaborate of styles, sometimes even simplistic, truly thrill me. It's strange that we leave such elaborate edifices to those who have passed on when they cannot be around to appreciate them. Then again, human kind does love a good show. Whatever your motivation, the next time you are in Paris, visit Père Lachaise. It is, if nothing else, quite extravagant and in that it is so very French!
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