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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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  • "In parts of campaign" Mr & Mrs la marquise welcomed us, handed a glass of champagne, souvenir photo with well basket for a picnic on our tablecloth in the Park
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  • Very nice Chapel to see absolutely. Full history of the members of the family of FRANCE (Bourbon) and their recumbent who rest there. Beautiful site.
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  • Super visited, quiet fast and friendly, if you come for the naturalies there are a lot of people and you access a whole area and the chapel for 5 euros
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  • Very beautiful monument. Visit! With a speaker, it's even better! Thank you! FNT
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  • Great fun to visit. The statue in marble can be impressive for those who have never had the opportunity to watch the statue in General!
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  • Too bad it was closed. Open the 01-03 to 30-10. Once
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  • Amazing architecture and beautiful stained glass windows, most of race the very moving statuary in the crypt / architecture fabulous and beautiful stained glass windows, as well as the moving statues in the crypt
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  • A really interesting place, lots to learn!
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