Chapelle Expiatoire

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Chapelle Expiatoire

What you'll do

Constructed on the site where King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were buried, this quaint monument is dedicated to them.

Visit the Chapelle Expiatoire with The Paris Pass®

  • You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
  • Enjoy the calming landscaped gardens
  • Admire the pretty architecture of the Neoclassical structure

Commissioned by Louis XVIII and designed by the architect Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine in 1815, the Chapelle Expiatoire is a small but sublime monument to the Restoration and a sight that should not be missed by Paris visitors.

This beautiful and seldom visited neoclassical chapel is built on the former Madeleine cemetery, the site where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were laid to rest after they were guillotined. The Chapelle Exapiatoire contains a hall, two gantries and a vault. The arched arcades within the chapel hall commemorate the Swiss Guards massacred at Tuileries Palace on August 10, 1792 whilst defending the Royal family.

In 1862 the cypress trees which surrounded the Chapelle Expiatoire were cut down and a public garden was created. The garden and the chapel itself somehow managed to retain a peaceful feel as the city of Paris grew. This historic building remains today a magical, haunted place in the bustling heart of Paris.

Know before you go

Please note: this attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass, which is included with your Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Please download it before you visit!

For the full list of attractions on the digital Paris Museum Pass, please visit our information page.

For more information visit the Chapelle Expiatoire website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Wednesday - Saturday: 10.30AM - 12.30PM, 1.30PM - 5PM

These times are subject to change. For current opening hours, you can also check the attraction website.

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