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Chapelle Expiatoire

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Chapelle Expiatoire

105 Reviews
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Fred M wrote a review May 2020
Summerville, South Carolina2,044 contributions425 helpful votes
Chapelle Expiatoire dates to 1816 by King Charles X. It sits somewhat hidden on a small Paris street. The architecture is beautiful and the chapel extremely well maintained. Suggest studying the history of King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette prior to your visit. (Our actual visit was in late May 2019)
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Pernille I wrote a review Dec 2019
Copenhagen, Denmark3,607 contributions351 helpful votes
The expiatory chapel is built in 1816 by the then king Charles X as atonement of sins for the beheading of king Louis XVI and queen Marie-Antoinette. When they were decapitated in 1793 their bodies were thrown in a communal graveyard and left there - no further signs of dignity deemed necessary of course. Years later and with a change of atmosphere, they were transferred to the royal burial place of the Saint Denis cathedral north of Paris; and in its place was built this chapel of commemoration. Since then the surroundings have changed - no longer as majestic as they once were; but there is a small square to protect the entrance. There are basically no tourists here; which is a shame as it is an important monument; on the other hand the entrance fee of 6 EUR may seem a little high for is actually to be seen. A small yard with chapels on both sides containing the rests of some Swiss guards killed during the unrest at Louvre in 1792; note the hour glass on top of each chapel to remind us of our mortality. Next you enter the chapel, which is quite bare except for the 2 statues of the King and the Queen. Beneath them you will find on one hand the testament of the king - and on the other hand the last letter of the Queen asking Louis XVI's sister to look after her children. Unfortunately these are not translated - but may be so in the little folder handed over at the entrance (I used the French version). But they are moving and interesting to read in their integrity. Below there is a very small and simple chapel marking the exact spot of the kings burial place; and every year on January 21st to commemorate the two royal victims. Nevertheless it is off the beaten path and despite the fee, it is an usual visit.
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Date of experience: November 2019
Walid Haddad wrote a review Oct 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam19 contributions17 helpful votes
The chapel is built on an old cemetery where hundreds of corpses were buried during the French Revolution. It was built at the exact point where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were buried after their execution in 1793. Inside the chapel there are two statues, one of Louis XVI and another for Marie Antoinette. Louis XVI pedestal is engraved with the King testament wrote before his execution, Marie Antoinette’s with the last letter written to the King’s sister, Madame Elisabeth. Very beautiful chapel, worth a visit.
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Date of experience: June 2019
Ryan S wrote a review Apr 2019
San Francisco, California305 contributions190 helpful votes
We know all the history and just noticed this place had been missed on multiple visits to Paris. I suggest you check it out. The building is interesting, and the sculptures (one each of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI) are beautiful and moving. They include etched versions of Louis's will, and Marie Antoinette's last letter to her sister after knowing she is condemned. Overall it is moving if you know what you are looking at. Otherwise it could be a little sparse here, so choose wisely. Total time was about 30 minutes.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Isabelle R wrote a review May 2018
Brussels, Belgium253 contributions82 helpful votes
It was interesting to see. I was in the area. But I think the entrance price is too high, because in the end, we don't see so much. If you don't stay very long in Paris, I don't recommend to spend time to go there...It's more little than I've imagined it. I appreciate that they explained the story of this Chapelle.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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