The Chairfather: Père Lachaise Part I

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    31 Jan 2018
    Clock 60min      Length1mi
    24 ratings

    Chemin des Anglais

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    Ahead make a right on Avenue Greffulhe, a narrow cobblestone path.

    Fun fact, when Père Lachaise opened in 1804, during the reign of Napoleon Bonaparte, there were only a dozen tombs. Years later there were still less than 100. Too far East, it wasn't a popular place to be laid to rest. So, in 1817, they moved four famous folks that we'll meet in The Chairfather Tour 2: Molière, de la Fontaine, Héloïse and Abélard. Suddenly, everybody wanted in. The prone population peaked to 33 000 by 1830. That's nearly half the total of 70,000 sepulchres today. All told, including cremated remains, more than a million souls have come to rest in Père Lachaise.

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