Père Lachaise cemetery: A guide to the world’s most famous graveyard

Did you know Paris is home to a massive cemetery called Père Lachaise, where all kinds of famous and interesting people are buried?

Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Oscar Wilde… and about a million more. And it’s the most visited cemetery in the world with 3.5 million people checking it out annually.

Anyway, today’s guest, Joe Start, has written a book on Père Lachaise and it’s called The Chairfather – a literal translation of the cemetery’s French name.

Joe visited the tombstones countless times to research the book and to interview the dead, and today on The Earful Tower he shares his tips on which graves to find, what to avoid, and how not to act if you’re a tourist there.

Listen here:

If you like what you hear, you can find the Chairfather book here or on ebook here. Joe’s audio tours can be found here and here.


Are you a Patreon supporter of The Earful Tower? Well today’s your lucky day, you get one of the cemetery audio tours FOR FREE! Yes, Joe hung around for a chat about Oscar Wilde’s tomb (pictured above), and you can find the link to get your free tour there right now.

And on a more personal note, hello and welcome to all you new followers and supporters. Thanks for keeping this show alive and well!

PS: If you’re subscribed on YouTube, you may have seen this little Pere Lachaise extra.


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