The Ghosts of Paris

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Some of the less likely tourist destinations in Paris are its numerous and gorgeous cemeteries. These places are not for the faint of heart. In the 18th century cemeteries were banned within the city walls due to health hazards, but as Paris grew, the new locations were once again incorporated into the city confines. Today, from the cheap hotel Paris has supplied you with you can find these immense grounds in several neighborhoods of the city.

Montmartre Cemetery

The Montmartre cemetery is located in the 18th arrondissement, at the hill topped by the dazzling Sacre Coeur church. This cemetery is built below street level, and can be viewed from above. If you have searched the hotels in Paris cheap, then this area didn’t cater to you. However, don’t let the distance keep you from visiting graves of famous names such as Stendhal, Heinrich Heine, and Emile Zola.

Nearby the cemetery is everything fantastic about the most sparkling hill of the city. At the church Sacre Coeur, you’ll find an expansive view over the entire city. It makes you wonder about all the humans that have lived here over the years, where they lived, where they died. Surely the can’t have all found peace in a cemetery. Who knows what evil deeds have littered the bottom of the Seine with skeletons!

Pere Lachaise

Dedicate a good part of your day once you check out of one of the cheapest hotels in Paris, (as we know you struck gold in that regard!), to explore this vast 118-acre cemetery. The cemetery was established by Napoleon, and houses the tombs of many notable people. Among them are Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Edith Piaf, Moliere, and Marcel Proust.

The graves number in the thousands, densely packed-in shoulder to shoulder so that only very thin paths serve as a means for escape. Marvel at the extravagant decorations that adorn many of the tombs. Some are old and some are new, and still some are somehow left open. It makes for tasty food for thought.


Finally, make time for the underground itself. At the southern city limit, near the Place Denfert-Rochereau, you will find the entrance to the viewable portion of the Parisian catacombs.

Once stone mines, the catacombs are a network of thousands of meters of underground passageways that when left without stone to extract, they were converted for use as a burial site. It was only in the 18th century when the large cemeteries were built that the practice of mass inhumation and burial in the catacombs was ceased. The ground had been so polluted from the carcasses that it was unbearable to live there. Let’s hope that Paris cheap hotels aren’t located on the same soil!

Just kidding, the human carcass pollution has long since been dealt with. These mysterious sites of the dead will surely illuminate your visit to Paris. Even considering forgoing an eerie adventure, you would be cutting yourself short.