Transfer and visit of Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris

History of the Cemetery of Père-Lachaise

Ususelly called the "City of the Dead", the Cemetery du Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris. It is located in the 20th arrondissement in an area that belonged to the chapter of the cathedral of Paris. It was only in 1626 that the town was purchased by the Jesuits to a merchant who had built in the 16th century building named La Folie-Regnault. Under the reign of Louis XIV, this place was ceded to the King of France, where he has built a remarkable residence in honor of Father Francis Lachaise, the king's confessor. It is only from this time that the field was called "Land of Père-Lachaise."
During the Convention the field had been seized by the state to build a burial site, a project that will be realized by Napoleon. The architect Brongniart was hired by the Emperor for the processing necessary for the accomplishment of the purpose. More than 3,000 trees were planted on the grounds of the cemetery with the opening went wide. It was only in 1804, more precisely on May 21 that the Prefect of the Seine bought 17 hectares of the land and thereafter proceeded to the opening of the cemetery. The cemetery ceased to grow and currently up to 48 hectares. The cemetery of Père-Lachaise consists of 97 divisions with avenues and streets. Among these divisions, one can see a Jewish cemetery and a Muslim cemetery. The cemetery also contains the Catholic chapel which is attached to the parish of Saint-Germain and a monument Charonne crematorium is located in the center of the resort. Open-air museum, the Père-Lachaise Cemetery has a monument to the dead, the most magnificent monument which is located in the enclosure. This monument is a work of Bartholomew and part of registered monuments. In addition, the tombs found in this tomb have a unique architectural style that does embellish the area.
The cemetery of Père-Lachaise currently has more than 700,000 people buried part of the most famous personalities such Heloise and Abelard, Molière, Jean de la Fontaine or Edith Piaf.
 
Transfer to the Cemetery of Père-Lachaise
Between Père Lachaise and Orly airport it takes 20km. Its distance to the Charles de Gaulle airport is 26km.

 
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