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Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery

128 Reviews

Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery

128 Reviews
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Rue Leo Lagrange, 91700 Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois France
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Saint-Michel-sur-OrgeParis RER34 min
Saint-Michel-sur-OrgeParis RER34 min
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KeesvanderBeek wrote a review Feb 2020
Villebon-sur-Yvette, France191 contributions95 helpful votes
In out-of-the way Sainte Geneviève des bois, this, the largest of Russian cemeteries outside of Russia, hosts the tombs of a great many of Russia's greatest artists. It is extremely moving to walk amongst them, pray tribute to the great, reflect on their work. Rudolf Noureev, Zinaida Serebriakova, Andrei Tarkovski, Alexandre Fabergé, and so many others lay here in rest... "So here you are, you, shining light of the arts, I have come to visit you. You have gone, but you are here. And in this manner, I pay tribute and homage to your work and life" If you can, go.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Dr Benjamin P wrote a review Sep 2018
Whangarei, New Zealand782 contributions466 helpful votes
Although this is worth a visit to see how different graves are presented, often related to particular religious requirements and conventions - a fact true of all of the Paris area cemeteries - this place remains famous especially for one grave: that of Rudolf Nureyev. And, it is certainly worth a visit for this grave alone. It is a mosaic masterpiece, looking like an exotic woven carpet made from small tesserae of gold and coloured glass. How and why Nureyev ended up here is not clear, however, the fact of his presence is certainly magical.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Gordon W wrote a review Jul 2018
Broken Hill, Australia1,573 contributions176 helpful votes
A stunningly beautiful grave for an extraordinary dancer. The grave site is an extraordinarily realistic representation of a kilim rug, and was designed and built by set designer, Ezio Frigerio who designed several of Nureyev's choreography sets. The cemetery itself is quite beautiful and serene. It was our first visit to a Russian cemetery and for that reason alone was very interesting and well worth the hike across Paris.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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raypask wrote a review Jan 2018
Melbourne, Australia56 contributions9 helpful votes
Rudolph Nureyev's grave, like the great dancer and choreographer, is also magical being 'draped'with a 'woven rug' of brilliant colours that contrasts to the sobre traditional Russian Orthodox graves nearby. This is so worth the trek in any weather.
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Date of experience: January 2018
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Nadya S wrote a review Aug 2017
Lomonosov, Russia119 contributions29 helpful votes
Arrived by train in December to visit the burials of renowned emigrants. Striking tomb of Rudolf Nureyev draped in a mosaic of an oriental carpet.
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Date of experience: December 2016
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