The stunning tomb of Jules Verne in Amiens
Jules Verne, considered the father of science fiction together with H.G. Wells, was born in Nantes on February 8, 1828.
Throughout his life he would make many trips, most aboard one of the three ships he had, visiting places and cities he had mentioned or included in his books.
One of those trips took him to Vigo in 1878, a city that had appeared eight years earlier in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. For four days, on June 1 and 4 he remained in the city, touring it and attending different festive events, In a room that was welcoming to him as he would later write to his friend Jules Hetzel. Proof of this is that he would return six years later.
Then he continued southbound visiting Lisbon, Cadiz, Tangier, Gibraltar, Malaga, Tetouan and Algiers. It is after this journey that upon his return decides to settle in the city of Amiens. There at the age of 58, in 1886, he was shot in the leg by his nephew Gaston, mentally unbalanced, who produced a limp that he would never recover.
Two years later he is interested in politics and is elected councilman of the city council, a position he holds for the next fifteen years. There in Amiens he died on 24 March 1905 because of his diabetes, and is buried in the cemetery of La Madeleine.
At first his tomb is nothing special. But two years later the sculptor Albert Roze uses the mortuary mask that had taken the writer to create a monument according to the immortal genius of Verne.
Visitors who come to visit the tomb today can contemplate how the overwhelming figure of Jules Verne emerging from his tomb breaking free from his shroud and breaking the tombstone.
The tomb eventually became an icon, to the point that the magazine Amazing Stories that began to be published in 1926, incorporated for many years a drawing of it on its cover.