Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus), Paris

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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus) 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. Use our Paris online journey planner to add Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus) and other attractions to your Paris vacation plans.
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  • Behind 2 large portal doors on a narrow, nondescript street lies the only private cemetery in Paris. The sign at 35, rue de Picpus, says: Here, in two mass graves, are buried the bodies of more than 1...  more »
  • For the last several times I’ve been to Paris, I’ve searched for entry to the Picpus Cemetery. It is in the 12th Arrondisement, which may be the most French district I’ve strolled. Nevertheless, tucke...  more »
  • Some contributors find that here there is little to see... Certainly it is a little true, next to all the sites in Paris... If you have little time to visit the capital, Picpus cemetery is not a 'must '. But if you have more time, or if you live in Paris or the island-of-France and looking at history, do not hesitate to visit this place of memory, moving island of calm and serenity, where rest in mass graves , the victims of the great terror of 1794, (victims include the carmelites of Compiègne which inspired Bernanos writing 'Dialogue of the carmelites' which will draw in turn Poulenc for the composition of the opera of the same name) as well as the General Lafayette. On the walls of the chapel are set of large marble slabs on which are inscribed with the names of all the tortured. Practical detail: even opened, the site may give the impression, from the outside, to be closed. Do not hesitate to press the switch and push the heavy wooden door. Admission: €2 in December 2017.
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  • The cemetery is a small, closed-wall patch of land on Rue de Picpus. It shares some important historic moments during the French Revolution. For US visitors, the tomb of general LaFayette is probably the main attraction, but once in the cemetery it's hard not to notice other 'regular' folks'. Entrance fee is 2 Euros and cash only. (Museum pass won't work) The blue steel entrance gate is easy to miss by and not always open on time. You may need to bang the gate to let the manager (who can't speak English, btw) can hear & open. If you're a fan of musical Hamilton, this place is worth visiting... a nice off-crowd stroll.
  • MMMMMM LAFAYETTES HERE
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wonderful place for a quick visit.

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