The 14 best graves to find at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris

After the recent episode on the Pere Lachaise cemetery in eastern Paris, I visited the site with Joe Start to see what he recommended.

So here’s the best of the best when it comes to the graves in the Pere Lachaise.

Here’s the YouTube video (subscribe for more), followed by more info.

1. Most Kissed Grave: Oscar Wilde

Yes, people love leaving their lipstick on the glass wall around this writer’s tomb.

2. Biggest Bulge: Victor Noir

Why does journalist have such a massive bulge in his pantaloons? Who knows, but people sure like to touch it and it’s said to be good luck for those seeking to get pregnant.

3. The Woman Who Died the Most: Sarah Bernhardt

Actress Sarah Bernhardt was an actress famed for her dramatic deaths on stage.

4. The Most Hidden Tomb: Modigliani

Good luck finding this one, hidden behind a huge bush.

5. The Most Floral Tomb: Edith Piaf

You can bet your last centime that Edith’s grave will always have fresh flowers.

6. The Hardest Grave to Find: The tomb of the dragon

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7. The Most Crowded Grave: The Carton Family

There are 60 spots underground for this family… with 9 spots left.

8. The Most Oversized Grave: Baroness Stroganova

Elizaveta Alexandrovna Stroganova was a Russian aristrocrat and had the tomb to match. It is absolutely enormous.

9. Best Peekaboo: Georges Rodenbach

This Belgian writer apparently had one last trick up his sleeve…


10. Busiest Grave: Jim Morrison

Yes, tourists often come to Pere Lachaise for one thing, and that’s to visit the grave of the frontman of The Doors. Come early to avoid the crowds.

11. Spookiest Grave: The Robertsons

Winged skulls and frightening owls, you’ve been warned.

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12. Most Heartless Grave: Chopin

Chopin’s heart was buried in Warsaw, separately from his body.

13. Longest Running Act: Marcel Marceau

Here’s a man who’s been stuck in a box for a very long time…

14. Best Death: Felix Faure

The former French president who died while being serviced by his mistress…

15. Best Dressed: Isabelle

A bonus award after we bumped into Isabelle, the best dressed in the cemetery.

Like these videos? Subscribe on YouTube for more. And listen to the recent Earful Tower podcast on the cemetery below.

Meanwhile, more from Joe Start including the Chairfather book here or on ebook here. Joe’s audio tours can be found here and here.

And here’s the video again in case you didn’t watch it the first time :

And here is a nice large map of the Pere Lachaise incase you want to go tomb hunting yourselves.

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