Then and now: Heloïse ands Abelard division 7 Père-Lachaise Cemetery

You know the story: boy meets girl, boy gets girl pregnant, girl's rich uncle arranges for boy to be castrated, boy becomes famous philosopher and teacher, girl becomes abbess, they are united at long last in death.

This tomb, constructed from stones, rescued by the indomitable Alexandre Lenoir, stones that once made up the abbey where Heloïse was abbess and where Abelard reportedly died is one of the most striking examples of gothic funereal architecture in the cemetery. It has also been one of the most visited, painted, sketched and written about gravesites in Paris.

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