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Location address: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
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The Cimetière du Père-Lachaise is one of the famous graveyards of Paris. The graves of many famous people can be found here: Karel Appel (the Dutch painter), Honoré de Balzac (French novelist of the 19th century), Gilbert Becaud (French singer), Sarah Bernhardt (French stage and film actress), Georges Bizet (French composer and conductor), Maria Callas (Greek opera singer, only the empty urn is here, the ashes were scattered into the Aegean Sea), Frédéric Chopin (Polish composer, his heart is not here because it is entombed within a pillar at the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw), Jean Baptiste Joseph Delambre (mathematician), Max Ernst ‘‘German painter), Georges Haussmann (French civil engineer and town planner), Moliere (French playwright), Jim Morrison (American singer and songwriter with The Doors), Jean Moulin (leader of the French Resistance during World War II, but moved to the Panthéon in 1964)), Felix Nadar (French photographer), Michel Petrucciani (French Jazz pianist), édith Piaf (French singer), Marcel Proust (French intellectual, novelist), Georges Rodenbach (Belgian poet), Edmond James de Rothschild (Baron of the Rothschild family), Simone Signoret (Academy-award winning French actress), Gerda Taro (German war photographer and the great love of Robert Capa), Claude Victor-Perrin (French military commander and Marshal of France), Louis Visconti (French architect best known for designing the modern Louvre and Napoleon’‘s tomb at Les Invalides), Marie, Countess Walewski (Napoleon’‘s mistress, only her heart is entombed here), Oscar Wilde (Irish novelist, poet and playwright - Wilde’‘s admirers kiss the art-deco monument while wearing lipstick),
Père Lachaise Cemetery (French: Cimetière du Père-Lachaise, [simtjɛːʁ dy pɛːʁ laʃɛːz]; formerly, cimetière de l’Est, “East Cemetery”) is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris (44 hectares or 110 acres), though there are larger cemeteries in the city’s suburbs.
Honoré de Balzac is buried at Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris.
Some sources say that he died from cafffeine poisoning, drinking frequently about 50 cups of coffee per day. He was known for writing many hours in a row, with the help of coffee.