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The royal crypt houses the bodies of all but three of the kings of France. Louis IX was once buried there, but during the French Wars of Religion from 1562-1598, his tomb was melted for its brass and his body disappeared.*
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* According to several secret accounts, Louis XIV subsequently had the tomb rebuilt inside a hidden chamber of the crypt. How opulent.
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Until the French revolution, most of the tombs had never been opened. Once they were exposed, many treasures were stolen that had been buried with the kings and queens.**
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** Probably pilfered by those little old ladies on Antiques Roadshow.
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