Paris: the remains of 500 guillotines discovered in the walls of a chapel

The Expiatory Chapel, a historic building built in memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, located at Place de la Concorde is the place where the discovery was made Credit: Instagram Chapelle Expiatoire An archaeological investigation conducted in a Paris chapel discovered the remains of 500 people executed during the French Revolution, which took place between 1789 and 1799. The Expiatory Chapel, built in memory of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, which is located in Place de la Concorde, is the place where the surprising finding. According to the newspaper Le Parisien, the administrator of the chapel, Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz, began the investigation in 2018 based on historical documents and archaeological excavations. Peniguet de Stoutz began the investigation by reading the writings of Louis XVIII related to the work in the building that caused him certain suspicions: “That no land saturated with victims be transferred from this place for the construction of the chapel”, says one of the royal orders. With the help of an archeologist, he passed a camera through the junctions of two stones in one of the chapel’s walls and found human bones. After a series of drilling work, leather chests were also found in which the human remains were said to be stacked. Based on these discoveries, the Paris Regional Directorate for Cultural Affairs was asked to carry out additional excavations to test their hypothesis. The work is expected to start in 2021. The Terror started with the French Revolution caused more than 40,000 deaths throughout France, of which only 10,000 received official sentences. ALSO