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. Make Chapelle Expiatoire part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris trip maker .
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  • The visit is short, Chappelle small and bare. There we found nothing of that. Come here only if you are in the area, you have time and you have the Museum Pass or free entry.
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  • I enjoyed this place for its beauty, its size and its quiet. It is a corner of serenity full of history hidden in a small charming square that people do not suspect.
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  • Among the many offers for tourists fond of history and art, the expiatory Chapel is one of the lesser known ones. Unfortunately the access price is very high (6 euros) for what it offers, but a visit I consider it obligatory. Built by Louis XVIII of France between 1815 and 1826, in memory of the Royal family died during the French Revolution. Not found the remains of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, without transfer in Saint Denis basilica, but the Chapel is located exactly over the old cemetery of Madeleine, right where the two monarchs were buried after the guillotine. A small booklet in Italian which is at the entrance, will explain in detail the symbolic aspect of this place that is now inside a parquet frequented by families with children and tourists resting. Recommended for lovers of French history. Rue Pasquier 29 metro Saint Augustin-close to boulevard Haussmann
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  • Nice place to rest after running throughout all Lafayette and Printemps galeries. Nice suny place at 5.30pm
  • Peaceful haven in the middle of Paris. Sit down with a coffee and enjoy the park's atmosphere.
  • Beautiful church ? I guess ? Or maybe national monument ? Good scenario for pictures !
  • Beautiful yet simple Chapel, interesting story surrounding the place
  • 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"

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