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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  • Built the January 21, 1815, on the former cemetery of la Madeleine (who "welcomed" the remains of terror), this monument is a place of meditation in memory of Louis XVI and the Royal family. It is a place, a little hidden in the Louis XVI square. The visit is fast: the campo santo and some symbolic grave stones, the chapel with statues of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, a crypt with a shrine marking the place where the King body was exhumed, a sacristy with a confessional in a closet and two side galleries with wall funeral stelae. It is a neo-classical building without great interest.
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  • Raised to the memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, this unknown Chapel inspires reverence and emotion.
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  • Parisian strain, it was a real pleasure discover this historical place unknown. A haven of peace in the busy heart of Paris of history
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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 !
  • 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"
  • Beautiful yet simple Chapel, interesting story surrounding the place
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