The Chairfather: Père Lachaise part III
Right on Av Circulaire and Innocents Anecdote
When you come to the T with a bigger cobblestone road, make a right on Avenue Circulaire.
Keep walking as I relate a story about the origin of this place.
A macabre event in the late 1700s led to the creation of two sites which are now major tourist attractions in Paris. At that time, the dead were buried in the crowded city center, around today's Châtelet-Les Halles. Mass graves were commonplace and piling ever closer to the surface. This contributed to many epidemics of sickness, but nothing was done.
Until one rain-soaked day, the walls of the basements surrounding the cemetery of the Innocents burst. More than 2000 rotting corpses flooded neighboring houses. Père Lachaise was opened to encourage future burials in the outskirts. What happened to the accumulation of existing remains? You can see them stacked decoratively in the old town quarry: The Catacombs.
Continue along Avenue Circulaire. I'll meet you a little further ahead.