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“An odd little chapel; stop in if you're in the neighborhood.”

Chapelle Expiatoire
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Ranked #295 of 2,262 things to do in Paris
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Owner description: In the tranquil setting of Square Louis XVI, lies a marvel of late neo-classical architecture: the Chapelle Expiatoire. The expiatory chapel was built in 1815 on the orders of the late king’s brother, Louis XVIII. On the exact spot beheaded sovereigns were buried in 1793 along with many other illustrious victims of the Revolution, including Marie-Antoinette. The chapel is dedicated to the memory of the royal family.Open:> All the year, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4€; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Reviewed 9 March 2010

We visited the Chappelle Expiatoire because we happened to be strolling by it down the Boulevard Haussmann. It was built in the 1820s on the site of the old Madeleine cemetery, where victims of the guillotine were buried, including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

When the monarchy was restored, Louis' brother, Charles X, had the king and queen's bodies resurrected and moved to the Basilica St. Denis, where French monarchs were traditionally buried. He had the "Expiatory Chapel" built on the site, presumably as expiation for France's sin in killing their monarchs.

There is an altar inside, and huge statues of Louis and Marie Antoinette. Downstairs there is a sepulchre which marks the spot where their bodies were found, and funeral banners representing cities in France, which were carried in the procession which took the bodies to St. Denis for reburial.

During the various republics, there were arguments about tearing the chapel down, but (being French), the arguments went on without any action being taken. The chapel is now being restored and seems to be a permanent, odd little fixture in Paris.

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