Definitive guide

Chapelle Expiatoire

This Neoclassical Expiatory Chapel - Chapelle Expiatoire - is a commemorative monument to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, the King and Queen of France guillotined in the French Revolution.

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The Chapelle Expiatoire (meaning Expiatory Chapel in English) is a chapel built in honour of King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette, the monarchs guillotined during the French Revolution.

The Chapelle Expiatoire is among the attractions included in the Paris Museum Pass. That means if you have the pass, you won’t have to queue or pay for the entries (which are normally quite pricey, considering the chapel’s size). If you don’t already have a Paris Museum Pass, you can get yours here .

Chapelle Expiatoire in Paris
Author: Guilhem Vellut. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The chapel, built in a stern Neo-Classical style in the early 19th century, was commissioned by King Louis XVIII after the restoration of the French monarchy . The construction took ten years, from 1816 to 1826.

The location of the Chapelle Expiatoire is not accidental: the chapel was built on the grounds where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette were laid to rest after being executed. Inside, two marble sculptures represent the fallen monarchs in rather angelic appearances and attitudes.

In the crypt, at the exact location where the royal remains were found, is an engraved black marble altar.


Rue Pasquier 29, 8th arrondissement

Tickets and price

Adult Under 18 or EEA residents under 26
€6.00 free

Entry to the Chapelle Expiatoire is also included in the Paris Museum Pass, so if you plan on visiting a decent amount of attractions during your stay, we highly recommend buying it - you can get yours here . The Museum Pass will give you free access to all the most important sights in the city and you won’t need to queue at the entrance.


Season Days Opening times
October-March Wed-Sat 10:00 am - 12:30 pm1:30 pm to 5:00 pm
April-September Tues-Sat 10:00 am - 12:30 pm1:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Method Métro Bus RER
Lines 3, 9 32, 43,49, 84, 94 E
Stops Havre-Caumartin, Saint-Augustin Haussmann Saint-Lazare

Nearby sights

La Madeleine - 450 m (almost 0.3 miles) south, 6-minute walk.

Palais Garnier - 700 m (a little over 0.4 miles) east, 9-minute walk.

Place Vendôme - 1 km (0.6 miles) southeast, 14-minute walk.

Place de la Concorde - 1 km (0.6 miles) south, 14-minute walk.

Musée Nissim de Camondo - 1.2 km (just over 0.7 miles) northwest,

Jardin des Champs-Élysées - 1 km (0.6 miles) south, 14-minute walk.

Jardin des Tuileries - 1 km (0.6 miles) south, 14-minute walk.

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