I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I find cemeteries beautiful. Whenever I tell someone that I love cemeteries, their face instantly morphs into a state of confusion. I can tell they are wondering just how crazy and morbid I am. But have you ever thought about the essence of a cemetery? Have you inspected it’s beauty? Were you looking at the details? Because most people find it odd that I am enamored by cemeteries, I think I’ve managed to come up with a decent answer to the question, “why?” Our final resting place is a marker for our story, the way we lived our life, and for some, the way we saw life. Now that being said, some of us, don’t think about the ends that need to be tied once we are gone. Don’t let fear keep you from exploring this topic. It’s the circle of life and how we celebrate it.
If you still think I’m crazy, bare with me for the entire post. Perhaps, you’ll be inspired by the time I’m done.
This particular cemetery, Pere Lachaise, provides an afternoon of awe. Sure, there are a bunch of well known individuals buried here, but once I’m done highlighting just a few of the great treasures, you’ll understand why I didn’t feature any of their graves in this post.
The cobble walkways and intricate mausoleums catch your attention and pull you into the details. It makes you wonder who thought of this? Is there meaning? Is the dead telling us their story through their details?
Take a look at some of the beauty the dead has left for us to enjoy.
There are thousands of graves at Pere Lachaise. Each grave is different so stopping to enjoy each one is a bit time consuming. However, there are many that grab your attention. Here are just a few that caught my attention.
If you ever make your way to Pere Lachaise, don’t just visit the well known graves. Absorb the history, the beautiful and the grotesque details. Spend an afternoon daydreaming of those that came before you. It’s a huge cemetery and if you aren’t feeling the whole “I see dead people” vibe, at least go for the great views of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.