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Thursday, August 11, 2016

A Stroll Through Pere-Lachaise Cemetery – The Most Romantic graveyard in the World

Author: Pushpitha Wijesinghe

The City of Light, as Paris is so aptly called, is a world capital of art and culture. Attracting millions of tourists each year, it is one of the most visited cities on the planet. After all, Paris is the home of so many iconic structures and renowned sights, the elegant Eiffel Tower, the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, the cherished Louvre and the darkly gorgeous Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris has all that it takes to seduce its visitors, all of whom fall in love, with the city, at first sight.

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Among the city's famous landmarks is the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery. The cemetery is the largest in Paris and generates a lot of tourist traffic. While the mention of a cemetery being a tourist attraction may seem odd, the Pere-Lachaise is no ordinary cemetery. Found in the north eastern part of Paris, the cemetery is poignantly beautiful. With long winding pathways which take you through large and elaborate tombs, the cemetery gives you glimpses of France's rich and romantic history.

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One of the cemetery's more moving features- and a reason why it is visited so often- is its war monuments. It is the site of three World War I memorials and has five World War II memorials, all of which can all be found in the South east corner. Another reason it is widely visited is the long list of famous people interred here. People can pay their respects to some of the world's greatest poets, writers, artists and musicians. Among the more widely visited gravesides are those of Oscar Wilde- the famed playwright, Frédéric Chopin and Jim Morrison, former lead singer for the Doors.

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You can follow up the tranquil visit to the graveyard by having a quiet dinner in one of the city's many good restaurants, before going back to your hotel. Luxury hotels Paris are like no other and staying in a luxury Hotel Paris is one of the most enjoyable parts of the Parisian experience. If you are looking for elegance, luxury and a really good location, try Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. It is situated mere minutes away from the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees and with its world famous deserts, the hotel is the ideal place to stay in Paris.

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About the Author

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.

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