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Picpus Cemetery, Paris

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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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  • That's where we see that most of the guillotines were the people! And not aristocrats as often said. The list of the convicts in the Chapel is really moving. There is also the grave of Lafayette the graves are really very poorly maintained. The so-called noble current they have completely forgotten their ancestors? Lamentable! For history lovers, must-see site
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  • a nice visit to do, when it's nice and not cold, to recommend to all as a memory of dark periods of our revolution. This is the only place in paris or the three orders are sleeping together in peace. a moving visit, this is the third time that I am making. We are at peace, and yet we're in Paris, a page of history not very honourable but which we must remember. I would return again to this peace and silence, and to still see our lafayette marquis. to recommend to all
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  • Pictus Cemetery is off the beaten path but it is a treasure. The cemetery is only open a few hours a day so check your arrival time carefully. This is a private cemetery. We went to say thanks to the ...  more »
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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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