Paris Has A Very Famous Gravesite – Very “Hands On!”
When I visited the Pere Lachiase Cemetery in Paris recently, I was caught off guard by one grave site…because it appears to have been “over touched!”
This is the grave of Victor Noir, a 19th-century political journalist, who was shot in a duel by Prince Pierre Bonaparte in 1870, and Noir became a symbol of the imperial injustice and a martyr for the Republic.
Noir’s gravesite includes a very realistic depiction of the man – and that’s where the story takes a strange turn.
The dead Victor has an under-belt bump that has become a fertility beacon!
Victor Noir’s grave has become a “must see” for women who rub his girth to prevent infertility!
After a century of this activity, you can clearly see how that part of his body has been rubbed to a shiny glow, while the rest of his body presents the greenish tone of oxidized bronze.
According to Wikipedia:
“Myth says that placing a flower in the upturned top hat after kissing the statue on the lips and rubbing its genital area will enhance fertility, bring a blissful sex life, or, in some versions, a husband within the year. As a result of the legend, those particular components of the otherwise verdigris (grey-green oxidized bronze) statue are rather well-worn and shiny.”
Atlas Obscura reported that in 2004, when a fence was erected around Victor Noir’s tomb to deter fertility-seekers from carnally touching the statue, women were so offended that a few noisy protests were staged in the cemetery, enough to have the fence torn down!
I had no idea this grave was there, I just happened upon it and was “curious” about the reason for the rubdown…
The grave site is now one of the most famous in the cemetery, along with the grave site of Jim Morrison:
You can see my tour of the entire Pere Lachaise Cemetery here, including video of the Morrison grave, by clicking here:
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