February 12, 2002
Luckily for royalists everywhere, there was a lawyer with royalist sympathies who had a house overlooking the cemetery. When the terror was over and the cemetery was no longer used he was able to buy it. He had noted where all the important burials had been made and on the restoration of the monarchy was able to point out the graves of the former king and queen. Their bodies were removed for burial at St Denis and the chapel was built on the site.
Entrance is 3 Euros and it was a poigniant place to visit to say the least. You walk down the stairs past the monuments to Charlotte Corday (who murdered Marat in his bath) on one side and Philippe Egalitie (who adopted this republican name in hopes of saving his life, it didn't work).
On the lower level there are monuments to both Louis and Marie Antoinette both adorned with fresh flower offerings. There is an altar at the spot where Louis grave was found and when we walked in there was a young man on his knees obviously overcome with emotion. It was touching that something that happened so long ago can still so affect people.
Outside in the garden there are markers to commemorate all the others who were buried here both before and during the terror.
Come expecting it to be emotional, it will be. The simplicity only makes it more so.
From journal Paris- Beyond the Obvious