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Père Lachaise Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise; formerly, cimetière de l'Est, "East Cemetery") is the largest cemetery within the city of Paris covering 44 hectares or 110 acres. It now numbers over one million interments. It is also the site of three World War I memorials.

The cemetery is located in the 20th arrondissement and is notable for being the first garden cemetery in the world, as well as the first municipal cemetery.

The cemetery takes its name from the confessor to Louis XIV, Père François de la Chaise (1624–1709), who lived in the Jesuit house rebuilt in 1682 on the site of the chapel. The property, situated on the hillside from which the king during the Fronde, watched skirmishing between the Condé and Turenne, was bought by the city in 1804. Established by Napoleon in the same year, the cemetery was laid out by Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart, and later extended.

The above is extracted from an article on Wikipedia. For those who want to know more, including a list of the notable persons buried there, here is a link to the full article.

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