The stays of a whole bunch of individuals guillotined throughout the French Revolution could also be buried within the partitions of a Paris chapel.
The Guardian reports that bones have been found within the wall cavities of the Chapelle Expiatoire by archaeologist Philippe Charlier, who inserted a digicam to seek out the stays. Charlier was referred to as in after anomalies have been observed within the partitions of the neoclassical monument.
On its website, the French Center for National Monuments explains that the chapel was constructed on the site where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were buried in 1793 after they had been guillotined. “It was commissioned by King Louis XVIII, brother of Louis XVI, in 1815 and completed in 1826,” the website notes.
The chapel was constructed on the location of the Madeleine Cemetery, the place the stays of many individuals guillotined throughout the revolution have been buried. In 1815, the stays of King Louise XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette have been eliminated and re-interred within the Basilica of Saint-Denis in what’s now northern Paris.
It has lengthy been thought that the bones of 500 victims of the revolution have been faraway from the Madeleine cemetery and ultimately transferred to the Paris catacombs. Nonetheless, the invention within the chapel partitions raises questions on what occurred to the stays.
Other remains initially buried at the Madeleine Cemetery include Madame du Barry, the mistress of Louis XIV, who was guillotined in 1793.
An architectural gem, the chapel was described as “perhaps the most remarkable monument in Paris” by the writer and politician Chateaubriand.