The remains of hundreds of people who were guillotine during the French Revolution can be buried in the walls of the Paris chapel.
Guard reports The bones were discovered in the wall cavities of Chapelle Expiatoire by archaeologist Philippe Charlier, who placed a camera to find the remains. Charlier was called after anomalies were noticed on the walls of the neoclassical monument.
On the website, the French National Monuments Center explains that the chapel was built on the site where King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were buried in 1793 after the guillotine. “It was commissioned in 1815 by King Louis XVIII, brother of Louis XII, and completed in 1826.” notes.
The chapel was built on the Madeleine Cemetery, where the remains of many people worn during the revolution were buried. In 1815, the remains of King Louise XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were removed and re-joined the Saint-Denis Basilica in the north of Paris.
It has long been thought that the bones of the 500 victims of the revolution were removed from the Madeleine cemetery and eventually transferred to the Paris underground tombs. However, the discovery in the chapel walls raises questions about what happened to the remains.
Other remains originally buried in the Madeleine Cemetery are Louis XIV mistress Madame du Barry, which was guillotine in 1793.
The chapel, an architectural gem, was described by writer and politician Chateaubriand as “perhaps the most remarkable monument in Paris”.