20th Arrondissement

The Twentieth arrondissement is located on the Rive Droite (Right Bank) of Paris. It is made famous by the Parc de Belleville, and more importantly by the Père Lachaise Cemetery. Père Lachaise alone makes the Twentieth a site of international tourism, and a desirable place for a Paris apartment.

Paris apartments in the Twentieth have the good fortune to be located around the Parc de Belleville. This beautiful park is found on the hill of Belleville, which makes it the Parisian park at the highest altitude. The crown of the park is the thirty-meter tall terrace at its peak. From this terrace it is all too easy to get lost in the panoramic view of the city. It is also near here where the park’s 100 meter long waterfall fountain is located. To further the aesthetic beauty of the park the gardeners work meticulously on the park’s flower beds. Their efforts are even planned two years in advance, and have been recognized with multiple awards and prizes. A novelty of the park is the Maison de l’Air. This small museum educates visitors on the values of fresh air and the hazards of pollution. The Parc de Belleville is a great incentive for acquiring a Paris apartment in the Twentieth.

The greatest advantage to having a Paris apartment in the Twentieth is being so closely located to the Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is of course a cemetery that needs no introduction. It is the largest cemetery in Paris and is the burial ground of some of the greatest writers, composers, painters, and musicians, including Chopin, Oscar Wilde, Jacque-Louis David, and Jim Morrison. Ironically enough, even though the cemetery is now a coveted site for burials, and is even the most visited cemetery in the world, it had a hard time attracting burials at its outset. This was in large-part due to the fact that it had not been blessed by the Catholic Church. It was also, at the time, a bit of a distance from the city. Napoleon, however, as was typical of his nature bent history to his will and ensured that Pére Lachaise was a success. He refused the blessing of the Church, proclaiming that people of all religions and races had the right to be buried there, and instead attracted Parisians by moving the graves of famed Parisians there. In this way, Napoleon’s will can be said to have set the foundations for not just a cemetery, but also for the popularity of Paris apartments in the area of the cemetery.

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