15. PERE LACHAISE.
the visitor will next reach the compartment occupied almost ex¬
clusively by the graves of artists and scientific men. Of these
the following deserve especial mention:
Talma (A. 1826), the celebrated actor; Brongniart (A. 1847),
the mineralogist; *Bellini (A. 1835), Gretry (A. 1813), and BoieV-
dieu (A. 1834), the composers of celebrated operas; Bernardin de
St. Pierre (A. 1814), author of Paul and Virginia; *Cherubini
(A. 1842), the eminent composer, during 20 years director of the
Conservatoire; *Chopin (A. 1849).
*Denon (A. 1825), on the opposite side of the path, who
accompanied Bonaparte to Egypt, subsequently general director
of museums. — In the compartment higher up, opposite to the
Rond Point, the visitor may read the names of several other
well known composers and artists.
The Chapel, which occupies the site of the former residence
of Pere Lachaise, is situated to the N. of the Rond Point. Fine
view from the open grass-plot 20 paces beyond it. In the con¬
tiguous compartment: Count Deseze (A. 1828), in 1793 one of
the defenders of Louis XVI. before the Convention; *Cartellier
(A. 1831), the sculptor.
Near the first flight of steps in descending the broad path:
r. David (A. 1825), the celebrated painter, President of the Con¬
vention in 1793, when Louis XVI. was condemned to death by
this assembly. Farther down : r. Marshal Grouchy (d. 1847), a
veteran of Hohenlinden, Waterloo, etc. Opposite: Count Raiderer
(A. 1835), an active promoter of the July revolution.
The visitor now re-approaches the entrance-gate and, termi¬
nates his walk at the newest section of the cemetery, r. Beclard,
Ministre de France au Marocco, with mourning female figure.
Adjacent, r. Alfred de Musset (A. 1856), the poet, with a weep¬
ing willow :
'Mes ehers amis quand je mourrai
Plantez un saule au cimetiere;
J'aime son feuillage eplore,
La paleur m'en est douce et chere.
Et son ombre sera leg'ere,
A la terre oil je dormirai.'
A little farther, also on the r. Gioacchino Rossini (A. 1868),
the celebrated composer ('Barber of Seville', 'Tell', etc.); adjacent,
the minister of finance Achille Fould (A. 1869).
r. Visconti (A. 1818), the philologist, and his son, the eminent
architect. Opposite to them, on the other side of the grass-plot:
Arago (A. 1853), the celebrated astronomer and staunch re¬
The Jewish Burial- Ground (closed on Saturdays) also
contains several handsome monuments, the names on which are