Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pere La Chaise

I have been doing a lot of research for this blog and my research has lead me to many wonderful books and websites.  I recently visited a site that listed than ten most haunted places in France.  I have already written about one place on the list, Chenanceau, and there are several places I have yet to explore, but the second most haunted place on the list called to me.  

The second most haunted place in France is the famous cementery, Pere La Chaise.   As far as I can tell, this necropolis is one of the most beautiful places on earth and the art lurking in the shadows of death in this strange museum put the art in the Louvre to shame.  Pere La Chaise is the most visited cementery in the world and is the final resting place of numerous famous people including Jim Morrison, Chopin, and Oscar Wilde.  The cementary is named for Louis the XIV's confessor.  Napoleon took the land and turned it into a cementery in 1804.   Since that time the number of brilliant people buried there has grown over time turning a stroll through these hallowed grounds into a small history lesson.

It is not surprising that this cementary, filled with so many dead is considered haunted.   Any google web search will pick up hundreds of photos of ghosts wandering the tombs and stories of tourists catching fleeting glimpses of phantoms.   The stories are so prolific I will not do them the injustice of innumerating them all, but will instead give you a photo journal of this unforgettable museum of death. 

1 comment:

Courtney Mroch said...

Ooo! How exciting! I'm always trying to find haunted places in France. They're not easy to come by. So glad I found this post and your blog. I'll definitely be referencing your posts in the future.