Chapelle Royale St-Louis, Dreux

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The Royal Chapel of Dreux situated in Dreux, France, is the traditional burial place of members of the House of Orléans.BackgroundIn the 1770s, Louis Jean Marie de Bourbon, Duke of Penthièvre was one of the greatest land owners in France prior to the French Revolution. In 1775, the lands of the county of Dreux had been given to the Penthièvre by his cousin King Louis XVI. In 1783, the Duke sold his domain of Rambouillet to Louis XVI. On November 25 of that year, in a long religious procession, Penthièvre transferred the nine caskets containing the remains of his parents, Louis Alexandre, Count of Toulouse and Marie Victoire de Noailles, his wife, Princess Maria Teresa Felicitas of Modena, and six of their seven children, from the small medieval village church next to the castle in Rambouillet, to the chapel of the Collégiale Saint-Étienne de Dreux.Penthièvre died in March 1793 and his body was laid to rest in the crypt beside his parents. On November 21 of that same year, in the midst of the French Revolution, a mob desecrated the crypt and threw the ten bodies in a mass grave in the Chanoines cemetery of the Collégiale Saint Étienne. In 1816, the Duke of Penthièvre's daughter, the Duchess of Orléans, had a new chapel built on the site of the mass grave of the Chanoines cemetery, as the final resting place for her family. In 1830, Louis Philippe I, King of the French, son of the Duchess of Orléans, embellished and enlarged the chapel which was renamed the Royal Chapel of Dreux, now the necropolis of the Orléans royal family.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I found Nice the idea to show us around the outside with a defined order. It was fine by chance. The inside is just beautiful. I loved the exhibition of photos of castles and historic sites in the area. The place is great to visit as it seems, the crypt is friendly.
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  • August 10, 2017
    The Interior is beautiful (the façade is under renovation). The view of the Park of the city is to see also.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Good guided tour. It is best to follow to get information. The Chapel is great, beautiful... For lovers of the nobility and the France family.
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  • August 20, 2017
    Nice to see. Nice cool in the summer. Visit in the fun park
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  • August 21, 2017
    Castle of the counts of Dreux, the Saint-Louis Chapel of Dreux is home to the graves of the family of Bourbon and Orleans. The first building in a neo-classical style by the Duchess of Orleans, later expanded by his son King Louis-Philippe, in the Gothic Revival style. An exceptional set of recumbent from 1830, the chapel of Saint-Louis de Dreux became the necropolis of the House of France. The family of King Louis-Philippe recumbent are ordered to the biggest names in the funerary sculpture of the 19th century: Millet, bar, Lenoir, Pradier and Mercia. It is the latter that is running the mausoleum of the King and the Queen Marie-Amélie. Tour among these tombs to evoke the hours and the misfortunes of the members of the family of Bourbon - Orléans who are going through the turmoil of the 19th century. Remarkable stained glass Sèvres delivered here a splendid stained-glass windows painted and glazed inspired religious compositions or historical such as "life of St. Louis", patron of the Chapel Royal. Ingres, Horace Vernet, Hippolyte Flandrin and Larivière signed the most beautiful works showing the famous "Sèvres blue".
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  • July 14, 2017
    Very beautiful monument. Visit! With a speaker, it's even better! Thank you! FNT
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  • July 17, 2017
    View all as places that are very interesting and not overly long to visit! Absolutely see if you're in the area!
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  • August 12, 2017
    Wonderful to visit with guide. But avoid the close parking: tile broken, damaged door and stolen luggage, police of Dreux kind but used, even jaded, of this situation.
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