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 Basilica of Saint-Denis 
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Has anyone been there? Especially, of course, to the necropolis where their (exhumed) corpses were taken, after the Bourbon Restoration? It'd be lovely to see some photos or videos!

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Many times, its' 15 minutes in the metro from my work. I have even laid a wreath of white lilies on the Queen's tomb on the 16th October. There is a very moving memorial service every 16th October. It is a light and bright cathedral, and the crypt is fairly extraordinary, so old and atmospheric.

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Post Re: Basilica of Saint-Denis
Monsieur Etiquette wrote:
Has anyone been there? Especially, of course, to the necropolis where their (exhumed) corpses were taken, after the Bourbon Restoration? It'd be lovely to see some photos or videos!


I have tons of pictures of St. Denis - it is a hauntingly beautiful place.
I'll choose a few (when I get home from work) and will post later today.


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When I lived in Paris of course I had to visit the Basilica. The Kings Aunts had a small room with their wooden coffins, I think, I may be wrong as the explanation was in French. The King and Queen's remains lie under granite stones underneath in the crypt. Very plain, but the magnificent statues on the main floor as extremely beautiful.


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Some pictures - unfortunately I don't know how to do more than one at a time, so I may make a few posts.


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Not such a good picture, but it gives you the idea.


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Post Re: Basilica of Saint-Denis
Antoinette's coffin is on the left, in the middle, and Louis' is on the middle right, yes?

Thanks very much, everyone. Lovely pictures, Lilly.

It's rather sad that they didn't find much of Louis, but particularly not much of Antoinette, to transfer to the Basilica.

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On the contrary, they are pretty sure to have found most of the Queen's remains, less corroded by the layer of quicklime than the King's. As for the latter's remains, which were basically a mixture of bones, lime and earth, there is some conjecture as to whether they are authentic: the place where they were found corresponds with eye witness reports but no particular elements such as clothing permitted definite identification. And apparently the King was buried in his clothes. In MA's case some elements of clothing (tights, garters, lace bonnet) and even hair was found.This topic has been exhaustively discussed on the French forum and I have read a number of contemporary reports.

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My research (albeit some substantially long time ago) into some archival stuff came out with the conclusion that not much was found; I'd love to see some discussion. Which French forum is it that you speak of, Baron?

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Post Re: Basilica of Saint-Denis
The French forum is called the Boudoir of Marie Antoinette. You are most welcome to join!

For the Queen they are pretty sure, the site of the royal graves was marked by a willow tree, and they found a female victim in an open coffin with a crust of quicklime above it at the exact spot and with some recognizable elements. The skeleton was fairly intact, the skull also.

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I must have mixed up what I remember then! What a pity. I had this feeling that they only managed to find small bits and pieces, and some clothing relating to the head of some sort... I can't really remember, now. I'll have to check my sources with that, but thanks for letting me know!

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