From the Place du Tertre (18th district) to the Place de la Commune (13th) On 18 March 1871, Paris rose up against the government of Thiers, who ha... Read More
There was intense fighting at Père Lachaise during the night of 27 to 28 May. In the early hours of the morning, 147 Communards were shot inside the cemetery. Between 800 and 3,000 (depending on the source) were buried in the communal ditch of the cemetery. The “Wall” became the main memorial to the Commune. In 1908, the City of Paris agreed to a large plaque being put up there: “To those who died in the Paris Commune”. Each year, an ascent to the Wall pays tribute to the executed Communards. Preserving the cemetery allows visitors to see a notice presenting the tombs. Those of Jean-Baptiste Clément, Eugène Pottier (the author of the Internationale) and Blanqui, a magnificent recumbent statue of Dalou, are close to the Wall. The Communards’ Wall is too often confused with the monument on Square Gambetta, adjacent to the cemetery, “To the victims of Revolutions” which evokes all those who died in 1871 (whether Versaillais or Communards).