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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus)

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Address: 35, rue de Picpus, Paris, France
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A "Moment" Experienced

We visited this cemetery today primarily to view the mass grave of over 1300 people slaughtered over a two month period during the revolution. But the really important moment was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We visited this cemetery today primarily to view the mass grave of over 1300 people slaughtered over a two month period during the revolution. But the really important moment was when we encountered an elderly French couple while viewing the grave of the Marquis de Lafayette. An American flag flies over the memorial and has since an American soldier first... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I went with my Parisian cousin and we had a hard time finding it. Had to ask several people on the street before we found it....and then it was closed. We got inside somehow. Anyway I'm fairly certain I could find my way back. Best point of reference for finding it is the Rothschild Hospital.

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Dusseldorf, Germany
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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