Heloise and the tomb of Abelardo
The tragic romance of Heloise and Abelard is the most famous cursed love story of the Middle Ages. Born in the 11th century, Heloise was a wealthy aristocrat famous for being the first woman to teach liberal arts.
Abelard, a man of the church, as well as one of the greatest philosophers of the time, was hired to give the young woman an education according to her abilities. A forbidden passion burned between them, leading to a secret marriage after the birth of an illegitimate child.
When their affair finally came to light, the Church was furious and had Abelard castrated while Heloise took the veil. Since they were not allowed to see each other for the rest of their lives, they wrote love letters to each other that are now considered among the most important in French literature.
His remains were buried under this impressive tomb, designed by Alexandre Lenoir, in 1817.
Heloise and Abelard were so famous that in the 19th century fans came every day to bring new wreaths to their grave. Since then, there has been a tradition of ill-fated lovers bringing love letters to this tomb.