Chapelle Expiatoire

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Chapelle Expiatoire
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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
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Neighbourhood: 8th Arr. - Élysée
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  • Saint-Augustin • 3 min walk
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106 reviews
Very good

Cincinnati, OH415 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Good bit of history here in a lovely spot, uncrowded, and beautiful. Revolutionary history, post revolutionary, and some Communard history.
Written 2 October 2021
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Fred M
Summerville, SC2,043 contributions
Jun. 2019
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)
Written 19 May 2020
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Pernille I
Copenhagen, Denmark4,023 contributions
Nov. 2019
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.
Written 3 December 2019
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Walid Haddad
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam19 contributions
Jun. 2019
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.
Written 11 October 2019
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Ryan S
San Francisco, CA332 contributions
Mar. 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 3 April 2019
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Isabelle R
Brussels, Belgium252 contributions
Apr. 2018 • Solo
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.
Written 13 May 2018
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Ronak S
Paris, France2,119 contributions
Apr. 2018 • Solo
A chapel built by Louis XVIII to commemorate the place where the mortal remains of Louis XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were kept for 21 after they were guillotines (their bodies were later buried at Basilica of Saint-Denis).

Located in Square Louis XVI, off Boulevard Haussmann and very close to Church of Saint-Augustin and the stores Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, the chapel itself is small but nice. The building is raised and is reached by a entrance (that now houses the ticket office and a bookshop), that is rather bland and is designed so to disguise the inside. Once you enter, you can see the chapel and on either side a row of cenotaph. The chapel is pretty. There is a central dome, one opposite the entrance, and two domes on the sides, each dome having an oculus for light. On either side are beautiful marble statues of the King and Queen and with plaques reading out their will and last words. Below the chapel are the crypts and on either side, are pillared rows which sit below the cenotaphs.

While the chapel is a nice visit, it is definitely not a must-see and not worth the €6 admission. Check it out if you have a museum pass. Recommended time is about 30 mins. There are rarely many people here, so you can walk and read and take photos without being disturbed by people. On purchase of this ticket, you get a reduction on the tickets to La Conciergerie, Basilique Saint-Denis, and Château de Rambouillet, all parts of monuments connected with Marie Antoinette.

The closest metro is Saint-Augustin on line 9, although Havre-Caumartin and Saint-Lazare aren't that far.
Written 5 April 2018
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Orlando, FL35 contributions
Mar. 2017 • Family
Certainly off the beaten path, but easily accessible, this was a hidden gem of our visit to Paris. The original burial site of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, history buffs won't want to miss this. A small garden and beautiful memorials outside to those lost in the French Revolution, and impressive statues inside of Louis and Marie inside the main building. Louis' statue has a copy of his will that you can read (in French), while Marie's includes a letter (also in French) she wrote shortly before her death. The crypt is interesting, and the leaflet provided when you walk in is more than enough to help you understand the significance of the site. Check the hours, as the site is only open on limited days. This is well worth a visit, and will take less than an hour to go through.
Written 27 March 2017
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Bruno V
AREQUIPA, Peru812 contributions
Sep. 2016 • Solo
Quite small museum for the price, but nestled in a quiet green square, the chapel is rather bare, just an altar and two statues, with a crypt. But the dramatic atmosphere is impressive. The explanation leaflet is enough to understand and appreciate the site. There is a small bookshop where I found the declaration of the rights of women and citizen by Olympe de Gouges.
Written 17 September 2016
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John O
Perth, Australia134 contributions
Jul. 2016 • Couples
I didn't know about Chapelle Expiatoire until my wife mentioned it plays a part in the Revolution. The Chapelle Expiatoire is a quiet, understated, memorial to the many who were guillotined at the Place De La Concorde.

The gardens around the memorial are free and are used by workers at lunchtime. There are seats and shade if you need a rest.

If you are interested in the French Revolution or you just want a break from the madness, this is a good spot to rest.
Written 16 July 2016
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