Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois Russian Cemetery, Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois

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Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery is part of the Cimetière de Liers and is called the Russian Orthodox cemetery, in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois.HistoryThe Cimetière de Liers was created as the second communal cemetery on February 8, 1879 in the city of Sainte Geneviève des Bois in France, 25km south from Paris. To house the burials of the White Russians who arrived in Paris after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, some of the land was granted in 1927 to an English benefactress, Dorothy Paget who had set up with Elena Orlov and her sister Princess Vera Meshchersky a still active retirement home for Russian émigrés nearby in the Château de la Cossonnerie in 1926). This part of the cemetery is since known as the Russian Cemetery.In 1938-1939 Albert Benois designed the Dormition Church (Église de la Dormition-de-la-Mère-de-Dieu) which serves the cemetery. The church is regarded as an important historic monument and is built in the style of Novgorod Churches of the 15th and 16th century.FutureSince the 1960s, the municipal authorities have periodically attempted to close the cemetery, claiming that the grounds are needed for public services. Part of the area surrounding the cemetery has recently been developed as housing estates.There have been reports that some of the graves will be opened and the exhumed remains cremated. The cemetery is not officially considered a landmark and has no legal protection, although the French Ministry of Culture and Communication recognises the cemetery as an important historical monument (the most important necropolis of Russian emigrants in the world) and has an entry in the Base Mérimée.
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  • Are buried there in particular the great Russian aristocratic families who fled Bolshevism in 1917, but also many members of Corps including the Cossacks, and large Tsarist military. The grave, the most famous and the most curious is the star dancer Rudolf Noureev, covered with a draped mosaic. We can regret the lack of general maintenance of the site. Closing of the chapel of the weekend. Parking nearby sports park. See
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  • A walk through this graveyard is a Petri dish trip to Russia. A good opportunity to reflect on the turbulent history of this country.
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  • not only the Church is full of artistic and spiritual riches but the cemetery is impressive originality and there are many graves of people famous including the famous Tomb from Rudolph Noureev
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  • History of Russian in Paris after the civil war. Lieutenants, colonels, Dukes, and other writers and others. Still it was not the worst part of society. Sad ...
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  • From 15000 graves approximately 4000 Russians. Well as Russians from Russia. Visit worth! And Temple
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  • A sad page in the history of Russia.
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  • Here is the Russian a place in France. About 18000 emigrants from Russia and their descendants are buried at this cemetery. The inscription on the sepulchral slabs and crosses in the pre-revolutionary orthography carry your imagination for a hundred years ago.
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  • I think that is fine ... Because I saw that there, all organized and clean!
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