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Notes on the Geography of France: Paris 1: Gothic: Photo 14

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From the time of Hugh Capet, this church was also the burial place of France's kings, 42 of them before the revolution. They were buried in a Romanesque crypt atop which Suger built his church. During the revolution, the tombs in the crypt were destroyed, and the remains of some 800 aristocrats were hauled out and dumped into a nearby pit filled with layers of quick lime. (That was an angry mob with much to be angry about.) Napoleon wanted to be buried here, so he ordered the crypt's restoration, completed by Debret in 1833.

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