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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus)

35, rue de Picpus, Paris, France (Reuilly)
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Ranked #242 of 789 Attractions in Paris
Type: Cemeteries
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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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80 helpful votes 80 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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61 helpful votes 61 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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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
2 reviews
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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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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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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Dunedin, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

My husband is a Revolutionary War buff and so we organized to visit Gen La Fayette's grave in Picpus. It was an adventure just to find it. With my broken French and passerbys broken English we finally worked out that the cemetary was behind a large red door that led into a quaint courtyard surrounded by small villas. There was... More

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los angeles
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2010

A must see for any American that appreciates how much our history is shared with France. It was extremely moving to see a plaque declaring the Marquis de Lafayette "friend to George Washington." I read that dirt from the battlefields he fought on in the colonies was brought over to bury him with. This was one of many examples of... More

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