A “royal” edifice
Built in 1816, on the site of the ancient fortress of the Counts of Dreux, the Chapel Saint Louis of Dreux was the burial place of the Bourbon-Orleans family. The first construction, by the Duchess of Orleans, in neoclassical style, was later enlarged by her son King Louis-Philippe in
An exceptional collection
of recumbent statues
From 1830, the chapel Saint-Louis of Dreux became the burial ground for the Maison of France. The recumbent figures for King Louis-Philippe’s family were ordered from the most famous names in funerary sculpture of the 19th century: Millet, Barre, Lenoir, Pradier et Mercié. It is Mercié who carried out the work of the mausoleum for the King and Queen Marie-Amélie.
A visit among these tombstone is a way of remembering the glories and the misforturnes of the members of the Bourbon-Orléans family as they crossed the troubles of the 19th century.
The Sèvres manufactory produced some painted and enamelled stained-glass windows inspired by religious and historical compositions, such “the life of Saint-Louis” patron saint of the chapel Saint-Louis. Ingres, Horace, Vernet, Hippolyte Flandrin and Larivière are among those who signed some the most beautiful works using the famous Sèvres blue.