TRAVEL with pat and lew

* the basilica of Saint Denis – Pillars of the Earth come to spectacular life (and death)

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 18, 2010

St. Denis Basilica

On the site of a Roman cemetery in what is now the just beyond the northern limits of the city of Paris a church was constructed in the 12th century that seems in every respect the embodiment of what Ken Follett described so well in his magnificent historical novel Pillars of the Earth.

St. Denis - exterior views

It contains soaring stone pillars and arches, magnificent stained glass windows, and the tombs of virtually every king and queen in the long history of France, including the alleged recovered and relocated ashes of the beheaded Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI (under the polished wood) …

tombs of the kings & queens of France

… and what purports to be a portion of the shriveled heart of King Louis XVII, the son of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI who never ruled. It wasn’t always a total or lasting pleasure to be royalty in France.

the heart of King Louis XVII

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