The stays of hundreds of men and women guillotined throughout the French Revolution could be buried in the partitions of a Paris chapel.
The Guardian experiences that bones have been found in the wall cavities of the Chapelle Expiatoire by archaeologist Philippe Charlier, who inserted a camera to come across the stays. Charlier was identified as in after anomalies ended up seen in the walls of the neoclassical monument.
In a report, the archaeologist described 4 ossuaries, or chests for made up of skeletal continues to be. The ossuaries, which are stuffed with bones, are wooden and may possibly be stretched with leather.
On its web site, the French Center for National Monuments explains that the chapel was built on the site where by King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette were being buried in 1793 after they had been guillotined. “It was commissioned by King Louis XVIII, brother of Louis XVI, in 1815 and accomplished in 1826,” the web site notes.
The chapel was designed on the website of the Madeleine Cemetery, where the continues to be of lots of people guillotined throughout the revolution were buried. In 1815, the remains of King Louise XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette ended up taken out and re-interred in the Basilica of Saint-Denis in what is now northern Paris.
It has long been thought that the bones of 500 victims of the revolution were being eliminated from the Madeleine cemetery and at some point transferred to the Paris catacombs. Having said that, the discovery in the chapel walls raises concerns about what occurred to the stays.
Other remains in the beginning buried at the Madeleine Cemetery involve 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 author and politician Chateaubriand.