If they're French and famous, you'll find them buried here
Word to the wise: Wear good walking shoes – the cobblestones are uneven and part of the cemetery is hilly with tombstones almost on top of each other.
Talk of the town: The winged messenger statue atop Oscar Wilde’s tomb was robbed of its prominent penis almost immediately, and legend has it, has been since used as a paperweight.
Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Colette, Balzac, Chopin and Modigliani are just some of the names on the roll call of graves in this beautiful Gothic cemetery. The 109 acres are overflowing with 19th century sculpture, gravestones and tombs of every shape and size.
Many Doors fans make the pilgrimage to Jim Morrison’s resting place, and while it was once covered in lovelorn graffiti it has now been sanitised and is kept under guard, like many other famous names.
Get a map at the entrance on rue des Rondeaux to navigate your way around, and leave at least two hours. Finish off with a drink in one of the pretty bistros of nearby Belleville.