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Picpus cemetery is one of the smaller cemeteries in the city of Paris. It is located within a five minutes walking distance South of Place de la Nation , in the 12th arrondissement. It can hardly be compared with the prominent Père Lachaise cemetery.
Picpus was originally a place of mass burials of guillotine-executed convicts during the violent times closely following the French Revolution in 1879. Many of them were nobles, close friends and relatives to Marquis de Lafayette and his wife. It is for La Fayette that Picpus gained its notoriety. However tempting it may sound, Marquis was not executed, died of natural cause and was buried at Picpus solely due to his wife's wish to rest close to the place where many of her dear met their fate.
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