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Central pathway, Plainpalais cemetery

The Cimetière des Rois (French: Cemetery of Kings) (officially Cimetière de Plainpalais), is a cemetery in Geneva, Switzerland, where John Calvin (the Protestant reformer), Jorge Luis Borges (the Argentine author), Sérgio Vieira de Mello (the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights), Ernest Ansermet (renowned Swiss conductor), and Jean Piaget[1] (the noted developmental psychologist and epistemologist) are buried. The composer Frank Martin, Humphry Davy, Alberto Ginastera, Griselidis Real and Alice Rivaz, editor François Lachenal, Robert Musil and actor François Simon are also buried there. Politicians are also buried there, such as Adrien Lachenal (President of the Confederation), Paul Lachenal, Antoine Carteret, Willy Donzé, and Gustave Moynier (President of the Red Cross).The cemetery is commonly named after la rue des Rois (French: Kings Street) near which it is situated.


The right to rest in the cemetery of Plainpalais is strictly limited. Under Article 30 (3) of the City of Geneva Cemeteries Regulations, Only "magistrates and distinguished personalities, having contributed by their life and activity to the influence of Geneva"[2] can claim a concession whose request must be made to the Administrative Council.



  1. ^ Burman, J. T. (in press). "Profiles of international archives: Les Archives Jean Piaget, University of Geneva, Switzerland". History of Psychology. doi:10.1037/a0031405. ISSN 1093-4510. Check date values in: |year= (help) A full-color version of the published photo of Piaget's grave can be found here, although this is covered by copyright and permission is required from the APA for its re-use.
  2. ^ "Règlement des cimetières, du crématoire et du columbarium de la Ville de Genève" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-28. Retrieved 2009-03-19., p. 6.

Coordinates: 46°12′07″N 6°08′11″E / 46.20194°N 6.13639°E / 46.20194; 6.13639