The grave of Vincent van Gogh- and the village where he spent the last weeks of his life.
The painter equally famous for his paintings and his ear continues to draw large crowds in various museums in Paris and Amsterdam.
But few people know the painter died in a small village within arm's reach from the French capital.
And if you liked his paintings, you can still see the landscape and village, realising little has changed since Van Gogh saw them 125 years ago.
Auvers-sur-Oise, about 30km North-West of Paris proper. Map.
EVERY YEAR MILLIONS of people visit the Musee Orsay in Paris and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam to see what are some of the most famous paintings in the world, painted by one of the most famous painters in the world.
Most of those people associate Van Gogh with the South of France: places like Arles, where he developed his unique style that seems to combine hallucinations with artistic vision. But few people know that Van Gogh actually died close to Paris, in a small village where he hoped (and failed) to find a cure for the bouts of mental illness that were tormenting him.
|Much of Auvers is still picture-perfect cute.|
But on 27 July 1890 he was fatally wounded by a gun shot, either self-inflicted or a case of accidental homicide. Vincent's brother, Theo, who had been supporting his brother both emotionally and financially, rushed in from Paris but Vincent died in his arms.
|Auberge Ravoux, where Van Gogh kicked the proverbial bucket.|
|The painting is in Amsterdam, the landscape is still here.|
|As seen in the Orsay.|
|Corneille rubs shoulders with his more famous colleague.|
Auvers can be reached by car within 30-40 minutes from Paris or by SNCF-Transilien local train from Paris Gare du Nord in about an hour.
Auvers-sur-Oise Tourist Office