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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus)

35, rue de Picpus, Paris, France (Reuilly)
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Ranked #251 of 691 attractions in Paris
Type: Cemeteries
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Brussels
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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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USA
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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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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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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
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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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

We finally made it to Paris and our visit was fabulous. The French people were very kind and gracious. As a kid and history buff, I always wanted to visit General Lafayette's grave. My mom and I brought flowers for General and Madame Lafayette and easily found #35 Rue Picpus. The cemetery is listed as closed in September online, but... More

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Knoxville, Tn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

We visited the grave of General Lafayette, a great hero from the American Revolution, just this past week. The cemetery itself was one of the most serene spots that we found during our entire 10 days in Paris. Besides the grave of a great Revolutionary War hero, you will also see the mass graves of victims of "The Terror" which... More

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