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While walking through Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise (Pere Lachaise Cemetary) in Paris, I came across this beautiful monument. Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise is a historical cemetery which includes the tombs of Jim Morrison and famous French citizens and others such as Chopin, Bellini, Yves Montand (actor), Moliere, Balzac, Oscar Wilde (Irish Writer), Gertrude Stein (American Writer) and Maria Callas (opera star), just to name a few.

In its early years Père Lachaise" was a poor district, with many outlaws, winding streets and shady avenues. It is located on the hill of Champ 'Evêque", where a wealthy merchant first built his home in 1430. In the 17th century the Jésuits, acquired the home and converted it into a hospice for members of their order. Of the twenty cemeteries in Paris, Père-Lachaise is the most famous, it now has over 70,000 plots and receives some two million visitors a year from all over the world. With 44 hectares and 5,300 trees, Père-Lachaise is also the largest park in Paris.

If you would like to 'virtually' walk the grounds, you can do so by going to http://www.pere-lachaise.com/perelachaise.htm.

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