The Père Lachaise is the final resting place of many notable individuals, as well as a beautiful park. The number of human remains in Père Lachaise exceeds 2 million. Among those buried there are Apollinaire, Balzac, Sarah Bernhardt, Maria Callas, Chopin, Delacroix, Doré, Isadora Duncan, Ingres, Lyotard, Modigliani, Morrison, Édith Piaf, Proust.
The cemetery was named after the confessor to Louis XIV, Père de la Chaise. It was established by Napoleon in 1804 and the first person buried there was a five-year-old girl, Adélaïde Pailliard de Villeneuve. Due to some pioneer marketing, it soon was a sought-after burial spot and gained in prestige until it became a prominent necropolis.