The tomb of Victor Noir
On the right is the tomb
of Victor Noir, journalist who was shot at the age of 22 by Prince
Pierre Bonaparte. This happened during one of the many anti-royalty periods.
Victor's funeral was attended by 100,000, and a prominent sculptor made this
bronze, supposedly of how he looked just after he was shot. As you may be able
to make out he has the top button of his trousers undone and is rather
It is believed that if an infertile woman, or woman wishing to
conceive a child caresses the appropriate part she will conceive. And after the
child is born she should return and place flowers on Victor's grave. Well think
what you want but the grave always had flowers and the bronze a shiny
There are huge numbers of other graves to see, but my favourite is
that of Oscar Wilde. The grave itself is an ugly block with a male angel who
has had a certain part of his anatomy removed so many times that the
authorities have stopped replacing it. However the reason I am so fond of this
grave is that it is usually covered in lipstick kisses. Not something I would
normally approve of, but somehow not out of place here. And perhaps showing more
affection for Oscar than the hideous concrete angel.
In contrast, those paying
homage to Jim Morrison have been less kind and the poor man's grave has come to
resemble an overgrown ashtray.
Pere Lachaise is also the last resting place of the lovers Abelard and Heloise, whose remains were transferred here in 1817.