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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  • Rudolf Nureyev's mosaic-covered tomb is here, along with that of Mathilde Tschessinskaya, once the lover of Tsarevitch Nicholas. It is the final resting place of my own old ballet teacher, the gloriou...  more »
  • A nice place to meditate and travel in History. A part of Russia in France. You'll feel the Russian atmosphere and discover some surprising tombs such as Nouriev's ,covered with an oriental carpet in ...  more »
  • the Russian cemetery haven offers beautiful sights the graves more beautiful than the other
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  • The Russian cemetery at St. Geneviève of the Woods where more than 10,000 Russians came to France as a result of the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 are buried, investigated numerous visits. You can see the graves of dancers, actors, painters, sculptors, writers, members of the nobility and other Russian celebrities who are buried (R. Nureyev, M. Vlady, I. Bunin, among others). Church surmounted by a blue bulb is being a registration in respect of historical monument. Of the people of other nationalities are also buried there. Many people come in this place by curiosities or simply to flowers on the grave of a loved one. The aisles are wide, and the graves very well kept. To visit. Place whose historical character cannot be ignored.
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  • Znamenitejshee cemetery in the outskirts of Paris. Here are found the last shelter many compatriots.
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  • Most large Russian cemetery in europe
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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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