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Pictus Cemetery (Cimetiere de Picpus)

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35 rue de Picpus, 75012 Paris France
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Louvain71 wrote a review Jul 2019
Scottsdale, Arizona447 contributions184 helpful votes
If you have been to Paris a million times and are interested in history this is an interesting stop. This is the burial spot of Lafayette and the only place that the American flag is flown. During WWII the flag continued to fly even though the Germans were occupying Paris. The Germans didn't know about this convent and burial ground as it is hidden away behind huge wooden doors. The cemetery doors should open at 2pm and if not ring the bell and the caretaker will open the doors and it does cost 2 euros. Family members of the aristocracy are buried here and there are mass graves from 1794.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Shelbie D wrote a review Jun 2019
Elmhurst, Illinois301 contributions106 helpful votes
We are US history buffs. This was on our list, as we have seen Washington’s, Hamilton’s, Mulligan’s, Franklin’s graves...etc. But we couldn’t have done it without the famous fighting Frenchman. This cemetery isn’t easy to find and has limited hours. Two Euro charge
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Lori E wrote a review Jun 2019
Rainier, Washington257 contributions75 helpful votes
Burial spot of Lafayette! Great to see the American flag on such an important figure in America’s history! Don’t let your map take you into the hospital. Keep walking on Rue de Picpus. It is across from Renault dealership! Take a right (west)from the metro on Rue de Santerre then left(north) on Picpus!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Andrew W wrote a review Oct 2018
Savannah, Georgia62 contributions32 helpful votes
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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 Lafayette. The tomb is located inside a convent and you need to pay 2 Euros per person to get in. But it is well worth it. The gardens surrounding the convenant are peaceful and quiet and the cemetery contains the tombs of some of the great French families of nobility. You cannot miss Marquis de Lafayette 's tomb. It is the only one adorned with a large American flag. There are also two communal unmarkes graves containg the remnants of the 1,306 victims of the French revolution who were beheaded by the "guillotone" in an orgy of violence between June and July 1794. Well worth the visit.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Thomas V wrote a review Sep 2018
Oakland, California10281 contributions2829 helpful votes
Lafayette's grave site is indeed moving. The gardener told me to come back on the 4th of July when the American Ambassador comes for a special ceremony to lay a wreath. Also the site of a mass grave of victims of the Revolution.
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Date of experience: May 2018
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