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Cimetière parisien de Pantin


Cimetière parisien de Pantin

Cimetière parisien de Pantin
The grave of French aviator Jules Védrines
Cimetière parisien de Pantin is located in Paris
The location of the Cimetière parisien de Pantin
Established 1886
Location Pantin
Country France
Type Public, non-denominational
Style Rural cemetery
Owned by Mairie de Paris
Size 107 hectares (260 acres)
Number of graves 200,000+
Number of interments over 1 million
Find a Grave 2151331

The Cimetière parisien de Pantin (sometimes known as cimetière parisien de Pantin-Bobigny) is one of the three Parisien cemeteries extra muros, located in the commune of Pantin which is in the Seine-Saint-Denis department, in the Île-de-France region.


  • History 1
  • Notes 2
  • Notable interments 3
    • War graves 3.1
    • Individual burials 3.2
    • Notable ornaments 3.3
    • Monuments 3.4
  • Location 4
  • Public transport 5
  • External links 6
  • References 7


The cemetery was opened on November 15, 1886. Pantin is one of the three Parisien Cemeteries extra muros, the others being Cimetière parisien de Thiais (openend in 1929) and Cimetière parisien de Bagneux (also opened in 1886).

Since its opening, one million people have been buried in the cemetery, with nearly 5,000 interments taking place annually.


Pantin is the largest cemetery of Paris, both in number of graves and land area. It is also the largest cemetery in France. Pantin is a garden style burial ground with more than 8,000 trees and streets (a network of 32 kilometers of roads) that allow access by (motor) vehicles.[1]

It has nearly 200,000 graves, grouped in 180 divisions. The cemetery of Pantin is a vast necropolis. The oldest graves are in the first seventeen divisions.

Many of the burials are from the Jewish community (France has the largest Jewish community in Europe) and more recently from the Chinese Buddhist community.

Marthe Erbelding was buried here (her grave was cleared in 1960). Erbelding was an 11-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by a friend of her parents in 1907. The details of this gruesome crime were widely reported on. As a result the abolition of capital punishment was delayed for another 60 years.[2][3]

Ilan Halimi, the young French Jew, who was kidnapped and tortured (resulting in his death) in 2006, was temporarily buried in Pantin[4] before being reburied in Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Israel on February 9, 2007.[5]

It is one of the least known of the many Parisian cemeteries. The cemetery is a social-economic reflection of the past decades. With graves for both the rich and the poor. It has been mentioned in songs such as Vincent Delerm's Les Trottoirs à l’envers, Pierre Perret's Ils s’aimaient and Mano Solo's Le Monde Entier.

On July 1973, hundred Jewish tombstones were desecrated at the cemetery. In addition, some 60 Stars of David were either defaced or smeared.[6]

Notable interments

War graves

The cemetery contains a small British Commonwealth war graves plot, in Division 6, holding 93 servicemen of World War I, some casualties who died in military hospitals after evacuation from the Western Front, the later ones those stationed in the area after the Armistice. The plot is amidst French military war graves.[7]

Individual burials

Because even the cemetery does not seem to have an exhaustive list of burials and the amount of burials is vast, only a selection:

Notable ornaments

  • The grave of private Germain Verlé, with a sculpture by Georges Meynial (division 15)
  • The massive tomb in division 9, dedicated to mes maîtres Déon et Dea


Spread around the cemetery there are memorials for certain events such as for the victims of the Transports Aériens Intercontinentaux crash of 1956 (in division 126).


The main entrance to the Cimetière parisien de Pantin is on 164 Avenue Jean Jaurès (it is actually on Avenue du Cimetière Parisien), in Pantin (one of the banlieu of Paris). There is also a gate named Porte de Petits Points on Avenue du Général Leclerc (near the junction with Chemin des Vignes). There are two other gates, Porte de Pailleux and Porte d'Illustration, but these are only open on Rosh Hashanah and All Saints' Day. The cemetery is located next to Fort d'Aubervilliers.

Public transport

The cemetery is a short walk from the Aubervilliers – Pantin – Quatre Chemins or Fort d'Aubervilliers métro stations, which can be reached by taking line 7. The nearest railway station is Pantin which is served by line E.

The cemetery is also served by bus lines 151 and 152.

There is a Vélib' station at Avenue Jean Jaurès (35001).

External links

  • (French) Cimetière de Pantin on the Cimetières de France et d'ailleurs website
  • (French) Cimetière parisien de Pantin on the Mairie de Paris website (with plan)


  1. ^ (French) The Mairie of Paris website
  2. ^ (French) The Marthe Erbelding case
  3. ^ (French) The Marthe Erbelding case on the l'Histore website
  4. ^ Tale of Torture and Murder Horrifies the Whole of France, Michel Gurfinkiel, The New York Sun, February 22, 2006
  5. ^ Trials and Tribulations, by Brett Kline, (c) JTA, The Jewish Herald, July 24, 2009, pp. 20-23
  6. ^ "100 Jewish Tombstones Desecrated". JTA. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  7. ^ City of Paris, Pantin Cemetery on the CWGC website
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