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Picpus Cemetery, Paris

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
Picpus Cemetery is a must for anyone interested in the history of the American Revolution. This small cemetery includes three mass graves from the French Revolution plus a section that includes many of France's most noble families that lost members during the French Revolution and consequently have a continuing right to be buried there. In the farthest right hand corner is the tomb of General Lafayette the friend and fellow soldier of George Washington. Beside him is his beloved wife plus other members of her family, the de Noailles who were almost completely wiped out,during the French Revolution, because of their closeness to the Court. Since 1834 the American flag has apparently flown continuously over his grave, even during the German occupation pf Paris during World War 2. A fascinating place well worthy of a visit. Plan your visit to Picpus Cemetery and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Paris travel itinerary planner.
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  • In the vary back you will find markers indicating the pits in which 1,350 victims of the French Revolution. They were beheaded at what is now Place de la Nation, loaded into carts and trundled a few b...  more »
  • This is a quiet corner of Paris that holds a sad, sad memorial to the French Revolution, the location of the only remaining mass grave of those executed. It's also the location of the grave of General...  more »
  • This expression is the will of the founding members of this private cemetery (early nineteenth), resumed in the tour prospectus. The story of one of the two last remaining cemeteries in the Paris of the revolution (with that of Sainte Marguerite Paris XIème) is impossible to summarize. After a small church which is still a place of worship, we discover a green carpet that is the grave of 1306 guillotines, right a cemetery more classic where the biggest names in the French aristocracy, including the ineffable marquis of La Fayette is based and as an exception that of g. (for Gosselin) Lenôtre, historian of "history" there are also two hives... but the best is the cries of children at a school nearby.
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  • Very moving, epithet to the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne in the church They were guillotined for their faith and refusal to compromise, they lie in a mass grave. General LaFayette lost relatives to the reign of terror, he is buried here with his wife.
  • Wonderful place for a quick visit.
  • In January of 2006 I was spending some time in Paris and I had taken along "TO QUELL THE TERROR" by William Bush. I had read a very positive review of it just before leaving for France after seeing a production of the Opera in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I was so moved by the Opera and then even more so by Bush's extraordinary little book that I set out one morning to find the Cemetery. It proved to be quite an adventure. Coming up from the Metro stop, "Picpus" I faced the typical map of the neighborhood indicating the location of the cemetery. However finding the narrow passage way in took me about 40 minutes and several circuits of the block. The gate keeper was a little grumpy until I pulled out my copy of Bush's book which had photographs of the simple common grave and the plaque marking the site where the bodies of the Sisters were carried the evening of their execution. Suddenly, the old man became very kind and led me directly to the site of the common grave and opened the blue gate for me to go inside leaving me there alone for some time. It was a prayerful and memorable experience. On leaving I found another surprise just outside the gate. Anyone with a few extra hours and interest should stop and see who is buried just outside the blue gate where the Sisters rest in peace.
  • This place was amazingly life changing. After performing Poulenc's opera Dialogues of the Carmelites seeing where the Carmelite nuns were buried was almost too much to handle. Anyone who knows anything about the Robespierre Reign of Terror and the martyrdom of the Carmelite nuns should visit.
  • Cemetery private and unknown in Paris or rests the Fayette with some 2000 victims of terror were buried in two mass graves. Emotion and recollection.
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