3 Rue des Prairies
Paris 75020
Metro: Porte de Bagnolet, line 3

Barely an acre in size, the cemetery of the church of Saint-Germain-de-Charonne opened in 1791 and is one of the two remaining church burying grounds in historic Paris; the other is Calvaire, located just behind the church of Saint-Pierre, near Sacre Coeur and across from Place du Tertre in Montmartre. All the other church burying grounds were closed at the end of the 18th century, and the remains (usually) removed to the catacombs in Montparnasse.

Although very small, this cemetery does offer several fine pieces of sculpture, most notably, and my personal favorite, the statue overlooking the Fortin family (division 3). There's also a lovely medallion and relief over the Chenus tomb.

The main attraction, though, is the curious life-size statue of one François Bégue (1757-1837), a local street character and house painter, known as "Magloire", who claimed that he had once been the secretary to Robespierre. Pas vrai! He was, of course, a liar and charlatan. But the sculpture is nicely executed.

Located in Place Saint-Blaise in the 10th arrondissement. The nearest metro stop is Porte de Bagnolet on the no. 3 line. Remember: check the local maps before exiting the Metro. Look for rue de Bagnolet; that will take you right to the church.

One entrance through a small wooden door to the left of the main church door.

Small office and WC to the left as you enter.

Images provided by Steve Soper. All rights reserved.