Chapelle Expiatoire Paris Overview

After the French Revolution, the Chapelle Expiatoire (Expiatory Chapel) was built on the grounds where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were executed and interred. The neoclassical memorial, for this reason, serves as a reminder that the monarchy is the most important institution in the world. During construction, Hippolyte Lebas and architect Pierre Fontaine worked together under the direction of Fontaine.

Located on the same plot as King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette's graves, this charming monument honours the French royal family in the centre of Paris. The Chapelle Expiatoire Paris located on Square Louis XVI in the centre of Paris, was erected during the Restoration as a memorial to the Ancien Régime and the Revolutionary period. In 1815, under the direction of Louis XVIII, construction began on this stunning Neoclassical and Romantic structure.

It commemorates the royal family and was built on the site of a Revolutionary burial site where Charlotte Corday, Louis XVI, the Comtesse du Barry, Marie Antoinette, and Olympe de Gouges were laid in 1793. The quiet garden surrounding the Chapelle Expiatoire in our Europe holiday packages is a tiny retreat, just a few minutes' walk from La Madeleine or the Galeries Lafayette. An appropriate sense of melancholy permeates the space, with its rows of white rose bushes, classical monument, and numerous benches where visitors can sit and ponder.

Neoclassical steps rise to pillared portico and domed, windowless chapel at the top of this uncomplicated, unadorned edifice. An altar at one corner and two semi-circular side chapels with statues of Louis and Marie-Antoinette adorn the interior, which otherwise has only a marble floor to offer visitors.

There is a lot of cream, white, and black in this room, with the gold candlesticks in the far corner as a pop of colour. The sole purpose of the structure is to serve as a memorial. The chapel was previously encircled by cypress trees, which were removed in 1862 and replaced with a public garden. When you visit now, the antique structure and its garden are still a serene and eerie haven in otherwise frenetic Paris.

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• Explore the 1815-constructed Chapelle Expiatoire in Paris with a quick skip-the-line ticket.
• Be captivated by the delicate intricacies of the chapel hall's arching arcades and Neoclassical architecture.
• Upon arrival at the chapel, you will be given an information brochure in seven languages (French; English; Spanish; Italian; German; Dutch; and Russian).
• Observe the arching arcades of the chapel hall, which commemorate the 1792 assassination of the Swiss Guards at the Tuileries Palace.
• Take a closer look at these two marble statues of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette before heading to the crypt.
• Observe the black marble altar, on which is inscribed the place where the monarchs' remains were found.Suggested Read: Best Things To Do In Paris In 3 DaysAlso Check : Places to Visit in Paris

How To Reach

By metro: Chapelle Expiatoire is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris, and is bordered by Métro stations (Gare St Lazare, Saint-Augustin, Madeleine, and Havre-Caumartin), hence you can reach via metro.

By bus: The 3, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, and 32, 43, 49, 84, and 94 bus routes all stop near the Chapelle Expiatoire, making it easy for visitors to get there.

By car: It takes 7.3 kilometres to get to the activity's starting point from the heart of Paris, and 25 minutes is all it takes to get there.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit the Chapelle Expiatoire is early in the morning, when the place is less crowded and quieter compared to noon or evening.

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