For the sophisticated Goth, Paris is probably already on their bucket list of places to visit. But if you're more into morbid delights and tragic romance than sightseeing and fancy bread, you'll still find some intriguingly creepy delights on the streets of arguably one of the world's most chic cities.
Paris boasts 'everything from 12th century architecture to the tombs of the rich and famous to possibly the creepiest, most orderly ossuary on the planet', at least so sayeth Denise Dumars (website here) in her article Paris Gothique.
Paris is home to Cimitiere du Pere Lachaise, one of the world's most famous cemeteries. It's the final resting place of such luminaries as Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison (although there is much talk of transferring him), Spiritualist Allan Kardec, the writer Colette (whose husband locked her in her room to force her to write, then often rewrote and published her stories under his own name), and the perfect example of tragic Gothic romance, Abelard and Heloise, a philosopher and a well-educated, beautiful woman whose love was ended by a terrible - and brutal - act of vengeance from Heloise's uncle. Cimitiere du Pere Lachaise is also well-known for its enormous collection of Gothic-style tombs, crypts, mausoleums and graves.
Of course, for the devoted cemetery tourist, Paris is home to many other cemeteries of note, such as the Montmartre Cemetery and the Montparnasse Cemetery. Paris is also known for being a city of art and culture, which means no shortage of museums and galleries as a way of whiling away your time.
And do I even need to mention the Notre Dame, possibly the most well-known example of Gothic architecture in Europe and especially infamous for another tragic tale - that of Quasimodo, of course.
|Notre Dame from the Seine|
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