Chapelle Expiatoire, Paris

Expiatory Chapel

The Expiatory Chapel, in the heart of Paris, is one of the most secret and privileged places in the capital, built to honour the memory of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.

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Description

Close to Haussmann Boulevard and the excitement of the Galeries Lafayette and the Printemps, hides an architectural wonder** in a neo-classical style. The Expiatory Chapel, located in Louis XVI Square, remains one of the most original religious buildings in Paris. Requested by Louis XVIII, this chapel was built in 1815 in memory of his brother Louis XVI and his wife Queen Marie-Antoinette, guillotined in 1793 on Place Royale, now Place de la Concorde**. It was on this land, which also served as a mass grave during the darkest hours of the French Revolution, that their remains were buried. If the tortured bodies are now buried in the Basilica of Saint-Denis, north of Paris, this place is nevertheless full of emotion and memories.

Inside the building, under a dome and vaults of rare beauty, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette still appear to be watching over the site. On the pedestal of the king's statue is engraved his will written before his execution, while the last letter written to Mrs Elisabeth, the king's sister, can be read on the pedestal of the statue of Marie-Antoinette. The altar visible in the crypt is an invitation to meditation. It was erected at the exact place where the king was buried.

A haven of peace and a page of French history to discover in the heart of Paris.

Don't miss the Pass Marie-Antoinette to discover 4 emblematic sites in Paris Region that marked the queen’s destiny !

TOP TIP: the admission ticket to the Expiatory Chapel is included in the Paris Region Pass Experience.

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Access and contact

28 rue Pasquier
75008 Paris 8ème

Metro : Saint-Lazare (Lines 3, 12, 13 et 14) RER A - Auber Bus : 32, 43, 49, 84, 94

Days and opening hours

From 01/04 to 3009, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 6.30 pm. Opening hours : 10:00-12:30 / 13:30-18:30
Laste entrance 30 minutes before closing.
From 01/10 to 3103, every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10 am and 5 pm. Opening hours : 10:00-12:30 / 13:30-17:00
Laste entrance 30 munites before closing.

Prices

  • From 01/04 to 30/09/2021 Full price: 13 € Group adults: 6 € (- Group rates (from 20 adults): 6€, Pass Marie-Antoinette: 26€ (pass which gives access to 4 sites in Ile-de-France related to Marie-Antoinette: the Château de Rambouillet, the Conciergerie, the Chapelle Expiatoire and the Basilique de Saint-Denis)) Set price group adults: 290 € (- Conference visit package 290 € (up to 30 people including entrance fee)).
    From 01/10/2021 to 31/03/2022 Full price: 13 € Group adults: 6 € (- Group rates (from 20 adults): 6€, Pass Marie-Antoinette: 26€ (pass which gives access to 4 sites in Ile-de-France related to Marie-Antoinette: the Château de Rambouillet, the Conciergerie, the Chapelle Expiatoire and the Basilique de Saint-Denis)) Set price group adults: 290 € (- Conference visit package 290 € (up to 30 people including entrance fee)).
    Free entry for children < 18 years, disabled people and accompanying persons. Group rate available for > 20 people.
    Free for : -18-25 years old (European Union citizens and regular residents non-euopeans on European Union territory) - For all, every first sunday of the month from 1st of October to 31st of May
    Included in the Paris Museum Pass
    Bulk tickets (from 20 tickets purchased): 5€ Pass Marie-Antoinette: 20€ (pass which allows access to 4 sites in Ile-de-France related to Marie-Antoinette: the Château de Rambouillet, the Conciergerie, the Chapelle Expiatoire and the Basilique de Saint-Denis)
    Group bookings are required.

Facility

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Activities

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Spoken languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Guided tour languages

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Russian

Documentation languages (home)

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Dutch
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Single mean time tour

30 mins

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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