New glass barrier at Oscar Wilde’s tomb

December 6, 2011

Oscar Wilde’s tomb (which I have seen at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris) had been starting to degrade because of kisses! Apparently, it’s some kind of tradition to leave lipstick marks on the tomb, and that’s precisely what many tourists do when they arrive.

But it turns out that grease from the thousands of lipstick kisses seeped into the stone sculpture and caused a bunch of problems. So cemetery officials decided to clean it and then protect it with a glass barrier.

Personally, I think it would be gross to kiss a tomb that so many other people have planted their lips on, but I guess that’s just me. The article I read said that visitors are now kissing a nearby tree instead of the tomb. Yuck! What happened to leaving flowers???

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