Chapelle Expiatoire, Paris

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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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  • August 13, 2017
    a story about the revolutionary period and collection on Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette moment a sufficient presentation but brochure that could be complemented by a reminder of the events of this period. Outwardly the course open gallery deserves to be cleaned
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  • August 12, 2017
    I promised myself to repeat the fatal path of the condemned to the guillotine from the Concierge. Passing over the bridge of Change I started on Auber (then Seine) stunned not only by the sound of traffic but also by the shrieks that accompanied the condemned and that inhabited houses still exist. I saw David in a corner portrayed the figure of Antoinette by assigning it a face grifagna that doesn't seem to respond to truth. I saw the number 398 Robespierre's House, and then the tragic Concorde square was a must after this mixture of feelings go to the burial place of Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis XVI before they were transferred to the basilica of St Denis where you are currently located. The chapel a national monument since 1914 was built on the cemetery of Samantha who welcomed during the reign of terror and the Gironde MEPs bodies Carlotta Corday. The beginning of its construction dates from the Congress of Vienna (1815) and it is accessed through a graveyard as in Pisa. Cannot give architectural definitions but the air I breathed commanded respect. The two statuary groups that are located at the entrance to represent the King right and Marie Antoinette left. The words of the King are known from the history books but my advice is to read the letter that Marie Antoinette sent after the knowledge of death sentence to sister-in-law. A letter from a mother and a woman aware of her institutional role and maternal love. A nice letter that can read even someone like me who has only a basic knowledge of the language. A letter which cannot have been written by a woman who advised croissants to those who wanted the bread.
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  • August 3, 2017
    Full square building, very quiet. We can stop at the shop, but the garden enclosure is so pleasant and so 'history', it would be a shame. A significant halt, between department stores, train station St Lazare and St. Augustine.
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  • July 12, 2017
    Peaceful haven in the middle of Paris. Sit down with a coffee and enjoy the park's atmosphere.
  • May 23, 2017
    Beautiful church ? I guess ? Or maybe national monument ? Good scenario for pictures !
  • April 22, 2017
    Beautiful yet simple Chapel, interesting story surrounding the place
  • July 31, 2016
    Place where Luis XVIII wish to remember the death of Luis XVI and Marie-Antoinette during the French Revolution. To be visited only if you have free time spare. Architectural particular interesting as the "winged hourglass"
  • June 16, 2016
    So beautiful place

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