Passy Cemetery in Paris

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The Passy Cemetery (Fr: Cimetière de Passy) is a famous cemetery located at 2, rue du Commandant Schlœsing in Passy, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, France.


In the early 19th century, on the orders of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, all the cemeteries in Paris were replaced by several large new ones outside the precincts of the capital. The Montmartre Cemetery was built in the north, the Père Lachaise Cemetery in the east, and the Montparnasse Cemetery in the south. The Passy Cemetery was a later addition, but has its origins in the same edict.

Opened in 1820 in the expensive residential and commercial districts of the Right Bank near the Champs-Élysées, by 1874 the small Passy Cemetery had become the aristocratic necropolis of Paris. It is the only cemetery in Paris to have a heated waiting-room.

The retaining wall of the cemetery is adorned with a bas relief commemorating the soldiers who fell in the Great War. Sheltered by a bower of chestnut trees, this beautiful cemetery sits in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

Notable interments

Among its more famous residents are:

  • Annabella (1907–1996), actress
  • Bảo Đại (1913–1997), the last Emperor of Vietnam
  • Jean-Louis Barrault (1910–1994), actor and director; buried with his wife, the actress Madeleine Renaud
  • Louis-Ernest Barrias (1841–1905), sculptor
  • Jeanne Julia Bartet (1854–1941), actress
  • Marie Bashkirtseff (1858–1884), Russian artist famous for her published journal; her tomb is a recreation of her studio and has been declared a historical monument by the government of France
  • James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (1848–1918), American newspaper publisher, sportsman
  • Tristan Bernard (1866–1947), playwright and novelist
  • Henri Bernstein (1876–1953), actor
  • Princess Brassova (Natalia Sheremetyev-Romanov) (1880–1952), wife of Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov
  • George, Count Brasov (1910–1931), son of Grand Duke Mikhail Romanov and Princess Brassova (Natalia Sheremetyev-Romanov)
  • Emmanuel de Las Cases (1766–1842)
  • Dieudonné Costes (1896–1973) as is his flight companion Maurice Bellonte
  • Marcel Dassault (1892–1986), engineer, founder of Dassault Aviation
  • Claude Debussy (1862–1918), composer
  • Maxime Dethomas (1867–1929), artist
  • Farideh Diba (born Farideh Ghotbi) (1921–2000), mother of the former queen of Iran, Farah Pahlavi
  • Ghislaine Dommanget (1900–1991), Princess of Monaco
  • Michel Droit (1923–2000), novelist, member of the Académie française
  • Henry Farman (1874–1958), champion cyclist and aviator
  • Edgar Faure (1908–1988), statesman and Second World War resistance fighter
  • Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924), composer
  • Fernandel (Fernand Joseph Désiré Contandin) (1903–1971), comedy actor
  • Maurice Gamelin (1872–1958), supreme commander of French armed forces 1939–1940
  • Maurice Genevoix (1890–1980), novelist
  • Rosemonde Gérard (1871–1953), French poet and playwright
  • Virgil Gheorghiu, (1916–1992), novelist
  • Jean Giraudoux (1882–1944), playwright, soldier, and statesman
  • Anna Gould (1878–1961), socialite, daughter of financier Jay Gould
  • Antonio Guzmán Blanco (1829–1899), venezuelan politician and president
  • Gabriel Hanotaux (1853–1944), statesman and historian
  • Paul Hervieu (1857–1915), dramatist and novelist
  • Gholam Hossein Jahanshahi (1920–2005), economist, Iranian statesman
  • Jacques Ibert (1890–1962), composer
  • Paul Landowski (1875–1961), architect and sculptor
  • Princess Leila of Iran (1970–2001), daughter of the Shah of Iran
  • Georges Mandel (1885–1944), statesman, French Resistance during World War II
  • Édouard Manet (1832–1883), realist and impressionist painter
  • André Messager (1853–1929), composer and conductor
  • Alexandre Millerand (1859–1943), President of France
  • Octave Mirbeau (1848–1917), anarchist, art critic, and novelist
  • Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), impressionist painter
  • Gabrielle Réjane (1856–1920), actress
  • Madeleine Renaud (1900–1994), actress; buried with her husband, the actor and director Jean-Louis Barrault
  • Marcel Renault (1872–1903), industrialist, racing driver, co-founder of Renault motor company
  • Maurice Rostand (1891–1968), playwright
  • Constantin Rozanoff (1905–1954), colonel, test pilot
  • Haroun Tazieff (1914–1998), vulcanologist
  • Renée Vivien (1877–1909), writer, poet
  • Pearl White (1889–1938), American silent film star, famous for doing her own stunts in her serials The Perils of Pauline
  • Jean-Pierre Wimille (1908–1949), Grand Prix race driver


The street in which it is situated is named for a pilot, Squadron Leader Jacques-Henri Schloesing (1919–1944) , who flew with the wartime RAF until killed in action, the day that Paris was liberated.

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