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Commemorative and funerary monument, the Expiatory Chapel , was erected on the site of a very particular cemetery: the Madeleine cemetery.
Located near the present-day Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine was most often erected during the Revolution. The cemetery hosted the remains of many famous convicts, such as Olympe de Gouges, Philippe-Egalité, Madame Roland and Madame du Barry … The most famous being Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
Let’s discover together the Chapelle Expiatoire, a monument located in the heart of Paris, but nevertheless quite discreet and unknown to Parisians and visitors. A place however fascinating because of its history and its neo-classical architecture.
During our visit, we will plunge together into the heart of the French Revolution, when, on the site of the expiatory chapel, stood the Madeleine cemetery.
Together we will discuss the cemetary’s history, as well as the Chapel’s construction’s history, during the Restoration. I will also tell you about the strong reactions that the chapel aroused during the different political regimes that succeeded one another. Did you know that this monument has been threatened by 21 demolition projects?
Our steps will lead us from the gardens to the chapels, where we will decipher the symbolism of the decorations and sculptures. We will then discover the lower chapel, which has recently been the object of new discoveries.
Throughout our visit we will evoke, of course, great figures of the revolution, buried in this place, such as Madame Roland, Madame du Barry, Olympe de Gouges, Philippe-Egalité and of course Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
An unusual and off the beaten track visit, in a place very solemn and full of history. Come and join me on a tour !