Père Lachaise Cemetery in eastern Paris is one of the most famous in the world. It is said that it is the most visited cemetery in the world attracting thousands of people each year. The cemetery was established by Napoleon in 1804. Cemeteries had been banned for many years because of the health hazards associated with them.
Even during winter the massive arrangement of crypts and tombs weave their way through beautiful tree-lined roads and paths. A constant crew of gardeners keeps the grounds pristine.
New Orleans got it’s aboveground cemetery heritage from the French, but eventually needed it for other reasons – you can’t keep a body buried in the swamp for long.
Among the notables buried at Père Lachaisel are Frederic Chopin, Sarah Bernhardt, Maris Callas, Gioacchino Rossini, Oscar Wilde, and of course Jim Morrison.