2. Père Lachaise, Paris

Pere Lachaise-Paris-Cemetery-NYCPhoto by Charles Irby for Untapped Cities

Père Lachaise is the final resting places for over 300,000 and is the largest cemetery in Paris. The famous include Balzac, Chopin, Colette, Molière, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Gertrude Stein, Marcel Proust, and Oscar Wilde. But when it first created in 1804, it wasn’t immediately a success. Parisians were wary of being buried in a new cemetery, especially one not consecrated by the church. In order to remedy this situation, the cemetery managed to secure the remains of La Fontaine and Molière and transferred them to the cemetery in 1804. Another public relations move occurred in 1817, when the remains of Pierre Abélard and the nun Héloïse d’Argenteuil were also transferred to the cemetery.

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