A Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery

You want to discover Napoléon‘s Empire’s history from a singular point of view ? You want to explore a strange cemetery, which is maybe the most famous cemetery in the world ? The Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery drives you on an historical trip over the graves of the personalities of the Empire…A Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery - Pere Lachaise Cemetery in 1837 - History Paris Private Guided Tours

A Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery : History

The Père Lachaise cemetery was formerly called “Cemetery of Mont Louis”. Due to the closure (on 1st December 1780) of the Cemetery of the Innocents (“Cimetière des Innocents” : then the largest cemetery in Paris, where now stands the Fountain of the Innocents at Les Halles), Paris was running out of burial sites… The situation was unsafe, and with the French Revolution unrest, nothing was implemented to cope with this situation.

It is Bonaparte, freshly appointed as “Consul”, who signed the birth of the Père Lachaise cemetery, stating that “every citizen has the right to be buried regardless his/her race or religion”. So he decided to create several cemeteries outside the limits of the capital: the Montmartre cemetery to the north, the Eastern cemetery, the Montparnasse cemetery in the south and the Passy cemetery (west of the city).

To the Eastern cemetery, it was decided to redevelop the cemetery of Mont Louis. The design of the cemetery was entrusted to the neo-classical architect Brongniart in 1803. None of the monuments he designed was built, with the exception of the family Greffuhle neo-Gothic grave.

May 21, 1804, the cemetery was officially opened, with its 1st burial: that of a little 5 year old girl, Adelaide Paillard de Villeneuve. In 1804, Pere Lachaise had only 13 graves… Located on the heights and in a bad part of the town, Parisians where reluctant to be buried there. In 1817, to improve the image of the Père Lachaise cemetery, the city council organized the transfer of remains of Abelard and Heloise, as well as the ones of Molière and of La Fontaine. Thus, the cemetery began to be famous.
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Why booking a Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery

Your guide (who is a specialist of the Père Lachaise cemetery) takes you on an exciting journey through the narrow streets of the cemetery, showing you tombs of famous persons of the Napoleonic era : Champollion (who deciphered the hieroglyphs thanks to the Rosetta Stone), Victor Hugo’s father (who was a General of the Empire), the General Foy, with the Greffulhe chapel (the oldest chapel model in the cemetery)…
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A Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery : details

The Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery lasts 2 hours.

It can be combined with all other Tours on the theme of Napoleon in Paris

Relax! Your Private Guided Tour is entirely custom-tailored : depending on your requests, we adapt to your wishes, we visit at your own pace, you skip the line and have priority access to Parisian monuments.

Save time & money: we complete your Private Guided Tour with recommendations for the best restaurants, hotels and exhibitions in Paris, in order to provide a unique experience.

You are accompanied by an independent local professional guide / or specialist, selected based on his / her interest in History and Parisian habits.

Napoleonic Guided Tour of Père Lachaise cemetery : book now !

Each Private Guided Tour is custom-tailored and different : prices start at 259€ per group (up to 4 persons).

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