Cimetière des Gonards

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Cimetière des Gonards
Versailles Gonards Monument Afrique du Nord 2.jpg
Details
Year established 1879
Location Versailles
Country France
Size 130,000 square metres (32 acres)
Number of graves 12,000

The Cimetière des Gonards is the largest cemetery in Versailles on the outskirts of Paris. It began operations in 1879. The cemetery covers an area of 130,000 square metres (32 acres) and contains more than 12,000 graves.

Description[edit]

This is a rurally landscaped cemetery, the upper part of which is laid out with walks and planted with trees. The Devos-Logie and Mirand-Devos Chapels were designed by the architect Hector Guimard in 1894.

There is a section for military graves, including 534 German military graves from the two World Wars, marked by a monument and stelae of pink granite, and a war graves section containing the graves of 181 Commonwealth service personnel of both World Wars.[1] In the highest part is a monument to those French service personnel who are buried in the graveyards of North Africa.

The cemetery also contains a Jewish area (sections "L sud" and "L ouest"), and many English and American Protestant burials.

The notorious executed murderers Henri Désiré Landru and Eugène Weidmann are buried here, in unmarked graves.[2]

Notable burials[edit]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] CWGC Cemetery Report.
  2. ^ Le cimetière des Gonards

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 48°47′29″N 2°8′17″E / 48.79139°N 2.13806°E / 48.79139; 2.13806