Pere LaChaise Cemetery, 16 Rue du Repos, Paris, France
This famous Parisian cemetery was named for Pere Francois de La Chaise (1624-1709), the spiritual adviser of King Louis XIV. Steep cobbled avenues lead past grandiose and sometimes dilapidated tombs. Many famous celebrities are buried here, and without a map it would be impossible to find them as the cemetery is extremely large. It is said that each family tried to outdo the sculptures, monuments, tombs and crypts which has led to many spectacular works of art.
Oscar Wilde’s memorial is covered with lipstick kisses. The grease contained in the lipstick seeps into the stone and repeated removal by cleaning is eroding the stone.
Oscar Wilde’s tomb 1900
‘And alien tears will fill for him
Pities long broken arm
For his mourners will be outcast men
And outcasts always mourn.’