Founded by Napoléon, established in 1804, the Père Lachaise cemetery is the largest garden cemetery in Paris and it is the most visited necropolis in the world. Upon its inauguration, in the early 19th century, it was considered to be too far from the city centre and the reputation of the area was dreadful. In order to attract newcomers, the transfer of the remains of Jean de la Fontaine and Molière were brought in the cemetery, soon after followed by those of Héloïse and Abélard. The strategy worked and made the reputation of Père Lachaise which, ever since, has become the most famous place to be buried in Paris. Artists, musicians, actors, composers, scientists, inventors etc. lay there: we will walk along this open air garden and discover some of the famous figures, focusing particularly on musicians, writers and artists.
About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PHD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a Foundation for promoting Contemporary Art, before getting back to Art History studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.
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