The Cemetery of dogs and other domestic animals is the most interesting Parisian pet cemetery. Located in Asnieres-sur Seine, a northwest Parisian suburb, this is a burial place for many dogs and cats, but also birds, fish and even pigs, chickens and horses. Some of the animals were pets of the French celebrities, and some of them were themselves worldwide famous. That is a case of Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd who was a Hollywood movie star. This Parisian pet cemetery is an astonishing place that is definitely worth discovering.
In 1899, Marguerite Durand, a French journalist and director of the newspaper “La Fronde”, founded the very first French cemetery for dogs and cats in Asnieres-sur-Seine, a Parisian suburb. This pet cemetery, also known as the "Cimetière des chiens et autres animaux domestiques" (the Cemetery of dogs and other domestic animals), has become a burial site not only for dogs and cats but also a wide variety of domestic animals. Pets like fish, birds, horses, monkeys and even pigs and chickens have found their last resting place here. This pet cemetery has a garden and a necropolis divided into four parts for dogs, cats, birds and other animals. Eugène Petit, a Parisian architect, designed a monumental entrance of this cemetery in the Art Nouveau style. In June 1987, this cemetery was listed as a French historical monument.
At this Parisian pet cemetery, you can visit some most interesting monuments and graves. Rin Tin Tin, probably the most famous dog in the world, was buried at this cemetery. This German shepherd was an international movie star. After an American soldier saved him from a World War I battlefield in Lorraine, this dog obtained his first role in a silent movie and became a real big name in Hollywood. After his death in 1936, his remains were sent to France. In this cemetery, you can also see a monument to Barry, built by the direction of the cemetery. This mountain rescue dog of the Great St Bernard Hospice in Switzerland was famous for saving some 40 lives. However, Barry is not buried at the cemetery. His body was stuffed, and it is located today at the Natural History Museum in Bern. This Parisian pet cemetery is also a place where you can visit graves of Alexandre Dumas, Sacha Guitry, Marguerite Durand and Michel Houellebecq pets. In 1958, this cemetery had buried its 40,000th animal – a stray dog who died in front of the cemetery gate.
To discover the most interesting Parisian pet cemetery take the metro line 13, and get off the station Gabriel Peri. This pet cemetery is open every day except on Mondays from 10 am to 4:30 pm. The entrance fee for adults is 3,5 euros and for children 1,5 euros. The entrance for children under 6 is free of charge.
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