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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus)

35, rue de Picpus, Paris, France (Reuilly)
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Ranked #185 of 632 Attractions in Paris
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This small cemetery is not well known and is barely mentioned in most guide books, but is well worth visiting for those interested in history. We made the trip primarily to visit the site where over 1,000 victims of the 1790's "reign of terror" were interred in two mass graves, including 16 Carmelite nuns. These women famously sang religious hymns... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I came to see the gravesite of the Marquis de Lafayette but lingered for two hours in this tiny cemetery surrounded by high rise apartments. One enters through large wooden gates, across the street from a Renault dealership on Blvd. de Picpus. A small plaque on the post indicates what lies within. Inside the complex are two mass graves of... More

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I have visited a number of cemeteries in Paris and Picpus is certainly unique and this may be due its private ownership. If I remember there is a charge of around 2.50. I think it's a bonnie little place, (if indeed a cemetery can be bonnie) but it has something of a garden atmosphere. It is somewhat a shame that... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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101 reviews 101 reviews
36 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

It's a pleasure to visit this small, out-of-the way cemetery, with its sad history. We were there on a nice day, and saw only two other visitors. In addition to whatever appeal the place might otherwise have for you, the walk from the entrance to the cemetery itself takes you past rows of magnificent roses of many sorts (if you... More

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Brussels
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86 reviews 86 reviews
13 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2013

This cemetery did come about just in the dying days of the French revolution, and by coincidence contains also the tomb of the Marquis De La Fayette (part of his wife's family is in the guillotined mass grave).The majority of the visitors are Americans, as can be understood. I would like to bring forward another less known fact. After the... More

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USA
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205 reviews 205 reviews
143 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Had been to Paris several times, but never gotten to see Gen. Lafayette's grave until this past November. It took a while to find. My guide's directions of "just get off the Metro at Nation and go a few blocks" was easier said than done. The myriad streets jutting out from Nation, the confusing crossroads! We actually walked past the... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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184 attraction reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Picpus Cemetery, on the eastern side of Paris, is off the beaten tourist track, but well worth a visit. It is the only private cemetery in Paris and quite small in size compared with the other ( public ) cemeteries in Paris; what it lacks in size it has abundantly in historical importance and bittersweet memories. For this is where... More

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Bronx, New York
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2012

I am so glad I did this! It's a little difficult to find someone who knows where it is, so take Le Metro to the Picpus stop (east side of Paris) and you will be at a traffic circle when you emerge. In the direction in which you emerge, walk straight across the circle, on the wide residential (apartment buildings)... More

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Florham Park, New Jersey
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182 reviews 182 reviews
34 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

I never would have known about this gem were it not for my French seatmate on my flight to Paris. We somehow got on the subject of Lafayette (little known fact: the NYC parade honoring Lafayette is to this day the largest parade in NYC history) and after checking into my hotel, this was the first place I went. The... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

It is a very interesting historical sidetrip from the normal Paris sites to visit Picpus Cemetery, containing the Marquis de Lafayette's tomb and mass graves of victims of the French Revolutions's guillotine. To get to the cemetery take the Metro (or RER) to either the Nation or Picpus stops. The neighborhood maps at the Metro stations will show where the... More

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