Within the tall walls, the cemetery is vast and maze-like with tombs and graves interspersed with monuments, fabulous sculpture, tall trees, a few lonely bright flowers and lots of leaves and moss on this winter day.
The cemetery was designed by Alexandre Théodore Brongniart in the form of an English garden and is lined with trees and flowers, which at the time of our visit were waiting patiently for spring.
But the most amazing thing about this cemetery are the many Illuminati; painters, poets, politicians, writers, musicians and notables of the last two centuries who lived and died in Paris.
Among them are luminaries such as Chopin, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde, Collette, Gertrude Stein and Modigliani, as well as the more contemporary famous such as rock legend of The Doors, Jim Morrison who died in Paris in 1971.
Like wraiths floating among the stones, we caught occasional glimpses of other tourists like us wandering lost among the long tomb-lanes in search of a particular famous grave.
Below: I don't know who this is but I loved the tomb sculpture!
Below: Frederick Chopin Composer 1810 - 1849
In a strange way, the most interesting monument to Jim Morrison is the tree nearby with multitudes of gum stuck to it by visiting fans as tribute to the artist. The immediate area around the grave is protected by camera and completely encircled by metal barricades to keep devotees from taking souvenirs by chipping off pieces of the stone and even trying to sleep on the tomb overnight.
Location: Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise - 16 Rue du Repos, Paris