French revolution : a necropolis discovered in the heart of Paris ? - The Point

Robespierre, Madame du Barry, Olympe de Gouges, Antoine Lavoisier... The remains of these great names in the History of France may well be based in the heart of

French revolution : a necropolis discovered in the heart of Paris ? - The Point

Robespierre, Madame du Barry, Olympe de Gouges, Antoine Lavoisier... The remains of these great names in the History of France may well be based in the heart of Paris, at two steps from the grands magasins of the boulevard Haussmann, in the 8th arrondissement of the capital. In fact, contrary to what was thought most historians up to the present, "guillotined in the Revolution" would not have been buried in the catacombs, but in the Expiatory chapel, a building located at 29 rue Pasquier, dedicated since 1826 to the memory of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, beheaded in place de la Concorde in 1793.

This is Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz, director of the chapel, which has this incredible discovery, as revealed by our confreres of Paris Saturday June 27, 2020. After having worked on many historical documents and conducted numerous excavations, the former chargé de mission with Jack Lang and Luc Ferry has forged an intimate conviction : the body of the 500 people beheaded place de la Concorde lie between the walls of the chapel, after having been moved from the old cemetery of the Madeleine.

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"Necropolis of the Revolution"

" Until now, the chapel was only a monument to the memory of the royal family. And we have just discovered that it is also a necropolis of the Revolution, " says Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz in the columns of the daily île-de-france. To support its claim, this history buff has made a request to the regional directorate of cultural affairs (DRAC) to conduct excavations complementary.

so far, a small plaque placed in the catacombs had been duped historians. It indicated the presence of the bones of the cemetery of the Madeleine in these old underground quarries. Problem : the plate is in fact the address of another cemetery... of The writings of Louis XVIII have also put a flea in the ear of the historian : "That no land full of victims can be moved from this place to the construction of the chapel ", was thus commanded by the king of France to the architect of the Expiatory chapel.

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Strange walls

If Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz does not detect the slightest presence of vaults on the plans of the architect, he is interested very quickly in walls strange, built between the columns of the chapel. "In the spring of 2018, I had enough evidence to ask my chair of the CMN (Centre des monuments nationaux, ED.], Philippe Belaval, to start excavations in the rooms surrounded by these walls ", he explained to the Parisien.

in order not To damage the foundations of the listed building, the administrator is seeking the services of an archaeologist Philippe Charlier, able to insert a camera between the stones of the chapel. And the result is the height of the expectations of Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz. Phalanges and péronés are scrolled on the screen. His intuition is therefore reinforced by the archaeologist, which states in its final document : "The lower chapel contains four ossuaries made of wood crates likely to be strained of leather, filled with human bones. "

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But the work is not done : "Now, it is necessary to conduct searches complementary, which will be carried out under the aegis of the Fondation de France. And we hope to carry out in 2021 ", says Aymeric Peniguet de Stoutz. The coming year could well give rise to a revolution in the history of France.

Updated Date: 27 June 2020, 11:33

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