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Chapelle Expiatoire, Paris

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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Located in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, Chapelle Expiatoire is a chapel dedicated to Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette. When you visit this site, keep an eye out for the arched arcades within the chapel hall, which commemorate the Swiss Guards massacred at Tuileries Palace on August 10, 1792 whilst defending the Royal family.

Cypress trees once surrounded the chapel but were cut down in 1862, and a public garden was created instead. When you visit today, this historic building and its garden remain a peaceful, haunted place in the otherwise energetic center of Paris.

This historic site is also located at the former graveyard of 3,000 victims of the French Revolution. Arrange to visit Chapelle Expiatoire and other attractions in Paris using our Paris vacation route planner.
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  • Quite small museum for the price, but nestled in a quiet green square, the chapel is rather bare, just an altar and two statues, with a crypt. But the dramatic atmosphere is impressive. The explanatio...  read more »
  • great historic as the heart of louis 16, the martyr King, is buried there since 1823; indeed under the restoration it was decided to consgruire a Memorial to louis 16 ro at this location.
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  • It is a beautiful church, a quite original architectural style. This Chapel is known because there originally rested the remains of Marie-Antoinette and Luis XVI.
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  • So beautiful place
  • Beautiful chapel
  • Green spaces are not so numerous. More historical interest
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  • Here you generous Home Park greening only here. Large park in the middle of the European architecture!
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  • The expiatory Chapel is located in the square Louis-XVI, a garden that covers the ancient cemetery of la Madeleine where 3 000 victims of the Revolution are buried. Built on decision of Louis XVIII, is dedicated to the memory of the remains of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, who lay there until they reach the Royal Saint Denis Basilica (January 21, 1815). This Chapel is a classification as a historical monument since July 22, 1914. The monument is currently closed to the public but remains open on reservation for groups.
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