Yesterday, October 17th, marked the 200th anniversary of Frederick Chopin’s death. In tribute, we wanted to give you a glimpse into the places where his remains rest. We say “places” because Chopin’s heart and body lie in two different countries.
Before he died, Chopin ordered that upon his death his heart be removed and returned to his homeland. So, when the great composer passed this is exactly what happened. His heart was removed and preserved in alcohol (most likely brandy). Subsequently, his sister smuggled it to Warsaw where it was entombed in a pillar at the Holy Cross Church located on Krakowskie Przedmieście.
Underneath it an inscription from the book of Matthew reads:
Gdzie Skarb Twój, Tam i Serce Twoje (For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also)
Chopin’s body was buried at the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris among greats such as Honoré de Balzac, Édith Piaf and Oscar Wilde. His tombstone features the muse of music, Euterpe, weeping over a broken lyre. The grave attracts thousands of visitors annually and is always decorated with freshly cut flowers, even in the winter.