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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.

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inside Porte des Osieux

inside Porte des Osieux

Porte Principale of Père-Lachaise

Lest you think the main entrance to Père-Lachaise is just a simple gate to a cemetery, think again. Because this is no ordinary cemetery this is no ordinary gate but a portal to a completely different world, a place to be experienced, to be felt, where you'll find stories to be told and retold. Oh, and the people you'll meet. . . 

1817 Arnaud

1817 Arnaud

1832 Normand

1832 Normand

1832 Quaglia

1832 Quaglia

1837 by Courvoisier

1837 by Courvoisier

1839-40 by Rousseau, Lassalle & Marty

1839-40 by Rousseau, Lassalle & Marty

1845 print by Gavard from an earlier print by Courvoisier (see above)

1845 print by Gavard from an earlier print by Courvoisier (see above)

1850-60 fanciful rendition by Ferat

1850-60 fanciful rendition by Ferat

1855 Bernard

1855 Bernard

1855 photo in Salomon, reprinted in Astrié 1865

1855 photo in Salomon, reprinted in Astrié 1865

1871

1871

1896 photo by Fraigneau, Le Monde Moderne

1896 photo by Fraigneau, Le Monde Moderne

photo postcard c. 1900

photo postcard c. 1900

2006 photo Steve Soper

2006 photo Steve Soper

2012 photo Coyau@WikimediaCommons

2012 photo Coyau@WikimediaCommons

2016 photo Wikimedia

2016 photo Wikimedia