Cimetière parisien de Thiais

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Cimetière parisien de Thiais
Entry-Cemetery-Thiais.jpg
Entrance of the Cimetière parisien de Thiais
Details
Established 1929
Location Thiais
Coordinates 48°45′47″N 2°22′30″E / 48.763°N 2.375°E / 48.763; 2.375
Type Public (non-denominational)
Owned by Mairie de Paris
Size 103 hectares (250 acres)
Number of graves 150,000
Find a Grave 2160380

Cimetière parisien de Thiais is one of the three Parisien cemeteries extra muros, located in the commune of Thiais, which is in the Val-de-Marne department, in the Île-de-France region.

History[edit]

The cemetery was openened in October 1929 and is therefore the newest of the three Parisien cemeteries extra muros. The others being Cimetière parisien de Bagneux and Cimetière parisien de Pantin. It is now a true cosmopolitan cemetery, where many faiths are represented.[1]

Notes[edit]

Thiais is the second largest Parisien cemetery. Only Pantin is larger. There are about 6,000 trees. The cemetery is divided into 123 numbered divisions in which there are an estimated 150,000 graves. Because the cemetery is so large, people with a walking disability can be driven around.

Notable burials[edit]

  • In divisions 48 through 55 there are Jardins de la Fraternité which are meant for burial of those who in Paris who could not afford burial or who could not be identified. Because of this it has the reputation of being the "Cemetery of the poor and penniless".[2]
  • There is a monument for those who have given their bodies to science (in division 102).
  • Division 94 is reserved for stillbirths.
  • There are military sections in divisions 1 and 17.

There are also a number of memorials:

Individual burials. Many of the graves have been cleared after the concession ran out.

Location[edit]

Located in the banlieu, southwest of the city of Paris, France, the main entrance to the Cimetière de Thiais is located at 261 Route de Fontainebleau, in Thiais (near the junction with Avenue de la Republique). There is also a smaller entrance: Porte Est on Avenue de Général de Gaulle.

The inhabitants of Thiais are buried in the communal cemetery just off Avenue Général de Gaulle, near Espace des 4 Saisons.

Public transport[edit]

Paris Métro Line 7 RER C The Cimetière de Thiais is a short walk from the Villejuif – Louis Aragon métro station, which can be reached by taking line 7. The nearest railway station is Pont de Rungis – Aéroport d'Orly which is served by line C, although it is not really nearby.

Bus (RATP) The Cimetière de Thiais is also served by bus lines 185, 192, 285 and 396.

There is a Vélib' station at Avenue de Fontainebleau (42703).

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Thiais on the Cimetiéres de France et d'ailleurs website
  2. ^ Thiais on the Landru Cemeteries website
  3. ^ Murder in the Métro

External links[edit]