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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus)

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Address: 35, rue de Picpus, Paris, France
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2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Touching moments

This place is only open for a couple of hours a day during winter -- 2-4 most days and is a bit out of the way for tourists, but it is a touching place and we were happy we went... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This place is only open for a couple of hours a day during winter -- 2-4 most days and is a bit out of the way for tourists, but it is a touching place and we were happy we went. We took the train to Nation (Picpus metro is also nearby if that works better for you) and then walked... More 

3 Thank Janettravels44
Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

We've been to Paris several times but had never found the time to locate and visit this historical place. If you are a student of American or French history, this is a must see. The attached photos speak louder than any words I could write. While in the area, make sure to see the Place de Nations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This place is not listed in the tourist booklets, however it's an interesting place to visit. If General Lafayette had not influenced his countrymen to the cause of the American Revolution, things might have went differently. His grave is not huge and ornate and Pictus Cemetery is not very large. You can easily spot Lafayette's grave, which is next to... More 

1 Thank globeseeker007
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146 reviews
83 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The best way to locate this hard to find important piece of history by metro (towards NATION) is to use the Picpus exit on to Rue de Pickpus and not Boulevard de Picpus. It is across the street from a Renault dealership. Once you enter the huge wooden gates, you will be taken into a part of history that you... More 

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Houston, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 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 

6 Thank Gary W
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.

2 Thank Yanni_Pannimayoo
Melbourne, Australia
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10 attraction reviews
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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 

6 Thank RavenLB
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 

1 Thank StephMvL
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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