Press Release: New City of Immortals App
LOS ANGELES– October 29, 2020. The perfect travel guide for All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2), STQRY has released the City of Immortals GPS Tour App of the famed Père-Lachaise Cemetery in Paris for Apple and Google devices in French and English.
Based on author/photographer Carolyn Campbell’s best-selling book of the same name, the app (priced at $2.99 USD) provides visitation and transportation details, the general history of the cemetery, and background on the designs of the 19th-century funerary art and architecture to be found there. In addition, it features images, biographies, and navigation details to the grave sites of the same 84 cultural icons featured in the book, which celebrates this legendary necropolis that draws millions of tourists to the City of Light each year.
“If the world ‘necropolis’ means ‘city of the dead,’ then Père-Lachaise is indeed the City of Immortals. The deceased found within its walls do not rest, but instead live forever,” said author Carolyn Campbell, whose voluminous research and extensive photography of the cemetery over the last three decades gave birth to this GPS Tour app. “It gives me great pleasure to share the beauty and mystery of this place with others with the goal of both simplifying and broadening the Père-Lachaise experience through the ease of using one’s smartphone or tablet.”
The most famous and most visited cemetery in the world, Père-Lachaise is an eternal “salon” of luminaries from the worlds of art, design, literature, the performing arts and more. Boasting the final resting places of more celebrated artists and thinkers than any other location in the world, the cemetery has, in the last century, become a pilgrimage site for visitors from all over the world to pay their respects. It is also a magnificent open-air museum of sculpture and architecture, representing the first revolutionary design in memorial parks and the fourth most popular destination for the 65 million tourists who visit Paris each year (behind the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Arc de Triomphe).
Perfect for travelers planning a trip to Paris, or those lucky enough to live in the City of Light, Campbell presents her more than thirty years visiting, studying, and documenting Père-Lachaise within a smartphone experience. It’s a travel tool sure to delight Francophiles, tourists, and armchair travelers, while also enriching the experience of taphophiles (cemetery lovers) and aficionados of art and architecture.
Campbell focuses on the grave sites of eighty-four architects, artists, writers, musicians, dancers, filmmakers and actors, including: Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison, Gertrude Stein, Frédéric Chopin, Georges Bizet, Edith Piaf, Maria Callas, Isadora Duncan, Eugène Delacroix, Amedeo Modigliani, Sarah Bernhardt, Simone Signoret, Colette, Marcel Proust, and many more.
Campbell’s fascination with Père-Lachaise began in the early 1980s while working at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Armed with a bargain flight to Paris and a mission to find Oscar Wilde’s tomb (which she did not find on that first visit), the pilgrimage started a more than three-decade fascination with telling the eternal stories of those responsible for and interred at Père-Lachaise.
Press contact, City of Immortals: To learn more about Campbell’s work, visit cityofimmortals.com. For images or a copy of the GPS tour app for review, please contact https://cityofimmortals.com/press/ or call (310) 995-8721 (Los Angeles, CA)
Press contact, STQRY: To learn more about STQRY, visit www.stqry.com, email or call +1 (585) 419-9844
About Carolyn Campbell
Writer and photographer Carolyn Campbell was born in Washington, D.C., has lived in Paris, and is now a resident of Los Angeles. Her fascination with Père-Lachaise was kindled on a first visit to Paris in 1981. With the support and encouragement of her mentor, the late New York Times art critic John Russell, she embarked on her research and photo documentation of the cemetery. A summa cum laude graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, she has been working as an arts and communications specialist for over 30 years. She has held executive positions with the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Film Institute, and the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.
STQRY provides world class digital solutions for destinations with stories to share and helps visitors explore further, engage deeper, and discover more. With STQRY you can choose from a range of amazing features to create location-based tours, virtual tours, mobile, and web apps, audio guides, games, and online collections. The STQRY team is made up of experts who are passionate about the arts, outdoors, and education who have worked on over 3,000 projects internationally since its inception in 2006.
In 2018, STQRY (formerly OnCell) acquired Authentic, a New Zealand based company and in 2019 acquired TourBuddy, a Savannah, Georgia-based industry-leader in mobile tour technology. Most recently, in 2020 STQRY acquired Culturespots, a leading mobile tour provider for museums and cultural institutions.