If you are planning on visiting Paris and this seems like a place you might want to visit then take my word for it, go - it is simply beautiful there. Although I have never understood why we bury our dead, I am still fascinated by cemeteries and the art and design that can go into one. Throughout the years I have visited countless burial sites on multiple continents and I have always been amazed at how much money we as people spend on our dead. Out of all the burial fields I have visited, this site in Paris is by far the most beautiful and intriguing.
As a kid, I had that infamous poster of Jim Morrison's bust that adorned his burial site tacked up on my bedroom wall and thought it was cool that so many people had drawn, painted and adorned the bust. Then, many years later, I had read that people were stealing pieces of the statue and finally, the entire bust went missing. The story is that two people who simply loved Morrison stole the bust in order to keep it preserved. So many people had chipped away at it throughout the years that it was now just a blob of a statue. The bust lasted less than 10 years at his grave and now the site just has a plaque, which one can't get close to because they block it off about five feet out. People still jump over the barricades to place objects, letters, and kisses on the marker. When I went there, this was probably the least picturesque and interesting site out of the entire cemetery (but also the most crowded - only 5-6 people) so I snapped a few photos and went on my way to find a few others that were buried nearby.
Some other notable names one can find here are:
This is a place I could have spent all day at but only stayed a few hours. Next time I might have to bring some lighting with me to add a little drama to the scenes.