Père Lachaise

Final day of the Commune 28 May 1871

Vintage postcard series ~ The caption on the postcard reads “The last positions of the insurgents [communards] - despite their valor their positions became untenable under the fire from Mont-Valerien” a fort in Suresnes, a western suburb of Paris and seen on the far left of the image below.

Note the monument on the far right, the grave of Félix Beaujour in present-day D48.


Below: Avenue Circulaire separating D97 on the right from D76 and the Communard's’ Wall on the left. This would have been roughly the final position of the communards when they surrendered on 28 May 1871.


Timbrunne de Valence in D24

Vintage postcard series ~ Jean-Baptiste-Cyrus Timbrune duc de Valence (1757–1822). French general and senator. Relief of various life-size military accouterments by Gilet and Duboc.

D24 Chemin Laplace, line 2.

Normand 1863 plate 40

Normand 1863 plate 40

Quaglia 1832

Quaglia 1832

Marty 1840

Marty 1840

photo 2006 by Steve Soper

photo 2006 by Steve Soper

photo 2011 by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin (cropped)

photo 2011 by Pierre-Yves Beaudouin (cropped)

Carvalho in D65

Vintage postcard series ~ Marie-Caroline Carvalho (1827–1895). French soprano opera singer. Life-size relief of Madame Carvalho with hands clasped, rising to heaven, and at the bottom of the sculpture is a lyre carved from flowers with a warbler sitting on the lyre; by Antonin Mercié.

D65, along Avenue Circulaire.

photo 2006 by Steve Soper

photo 2006 by Steve Soper

Communards' Wall in D76

Vintage postcard series ~ Many of the burials in this division, particularly those close to the Mur des Fédérés/Communards’ Wall consist of revolutionaries, former Communards, and socialist activists such as Laura Marx and her husband, Paul LaFargue.


The Soviet version:


Square Père-Lachaise

Vintage postcard series ~ Between the cemetery’s northern wall and Avenue Gambetta Square Père-Lachaise has been renamed in honor of the French explorer Square Samuel du Champlain, who also has a lake named him in North America. Rarely visited by tourists, the park is a peaceful place to sit and plan how you’re going to spend the rest of your life in Paris.

Note that one of the views you can see the old northern entrance to the cemetery, which has been closed for many years.

inside Porte des Osieux

inside Porte des Osieux

News from Père-Lachaise

Méliès tomb renovation.

t appears that the family of cinema pioneer Georges Méliès has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for renovating his tomb in D64. You can find out more online:


Georgian hero

Georgia Today reports that one of the early heroes of Georgian independence, Nikoloz Cheidze, is buried in PL, although that has yet to be confirmed.


Update on Marie Beleyme’s research

I’ve posted here recently that Marie has provided online access to the first 3400 earliest burials to PL on her blog. Well, she’s now posted a wonderful timeline of important historical moments in the early historical development of the cemeteries of Paris: