gothic

Delaroche in Montmartre

Louise Vernet madame Delaroche (1814-1845), wife of painter Hippolyte de la ROCHE, dit Paul DELAROCHE, (1797-1856) and daughter of painter Horace Vernet (1789-1863) and Louise Pujol (1789-1858). The small gothic-style tomb is the work of Jacques-Félix Duban, (1797-1870), architect. Inside note the medallion of Louise.

Here's how her tomb looked originally:

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And here's how it looks today:

photo: Wikimedia

photo: Wikimedia

photo: Wikimedia

photo: Wikimedia

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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