La Madeleine Cemetery

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La Madeleine Cemetery

Location
Amiens, Departement de la Somme, Picardie, France
Phone 33 3 22 97 40 40
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Madeleine Cemetery, or translated to French as Cimetière de la Madeleine, is one of the four cemeteries used to dispose of the beheaded remains of those who were sentenced to the guillotine during the French Revolution. It is estimated that the remains of hundreds to three thousands were put in unmarked graves, which were actually quicklime trenches for rapid decomposition. Originally, the cemetery was started in 1720 as a parish cemetery. The cemetery was closed on March 25, 1794 since it had reached capacity, was located in an affluent part of Paris, and needed sanitation improvements. One of the major interments was the 133 trampled victims of the firework celebration which was held on May 30, 1770, the wedding day of the future King of France, Louis XVI, and his bride, Marie Antoinette. Both these two French Royals would later meet their own death with the guillotine and for twenty-two-years, they were buried in Madeline Cemetery in unmarked graves before being moved to the Basilica of St. Denis. Also, buried in this cemetery in unmarked graves were the six hundred members of the Swiss Guards, who were massacred in the Tuileries on August 10, 1792, plus another two hundred who died later. The day before the cemetery closed, twenty members of the political group called Hebertists were sent to the guillotine and buried here. The Expiatory Chapel was built in Louis XVI Square, which is on the property of the former Madeline Cemetery. The first stone of the chapel was laid on January 21, 1815, the anniversary of Louis XVI's death and was finished in 1826. In 1844 the cemetery was cleared of skeletal remains, which were transferred to a large container, I'Ossuaire de I'Quest. When the ossauary was closed, the contents were moved underground to the Paris catacombs. The present-day active cemetery is located in the current 8th district of Paris at 26 rue Pasquier. It contains numerous sculptured monuments and guided tours are available giving the history of the cemetery.

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GPS Coordinates: 49.9135800, 2.2814100

  • Added: 13 Sep 2004
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #1992801