Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus), Paris

4.6
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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  • Sadness is the feeling felt when visiting this place. From the entrance, one must cross a space graveled in slaloming between the huge droppings of dogs: it is dismal! When I think that many Americans come to collect themselves on the tomb of La Fayette, what should they think? The graves of the cemetery are not maintained, the names are illegible on many of them. La Fayette is not very clean either. We do not pay much tribute to all the people who are resting in this place.
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  • On the suggestions of my wife who read David A. Clark's book "Adopted Son - Washington, Lafayette, and the Friendship that saved the (American) revolution", we visited the tomb of the Marquis de Lafay...  more »
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  • Wonderful place, but hard to find and hard to get in. But do try. It is a part of Parisian and World history. To learn and to look.
  • Very interesting place. The grounds are somber, as is the church. It was interesting to read the names of the 1,300 people who were buried in a mass grave there on the walls of the church.
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