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Church of Saint-Marguerite: photo, description Eglise Sainte-Marguerite)

Church of Sainte Marguerite with its classic facade, rectangular bell-tower, white with dark blue looks among the surrounding modern houses are very cozy, even a little rustic. Meanwhile, it is combined with one of the most puzzling mysteries of Europe.

In 1624, when the Church was built, there was a village. Since then, much has changed - not only around but also inside the Church. It is not again extended, in 1760 built a chapel of the Souls in Purgatory, who became famous due to the architectural snag Victor Louis. Walls painted with rows of columns that give the impression of more than the actually space. The effect is complemented by the awesome drama of the painting of Gabriel Briard "Transition of the souls from purgatory to Paradise."

The Church was a cemetery. A small part is preserved, which is rare for Paris. Modest Board says that here are buried 73 people, guillotined during the revolution at the Bastille, and the child died in the tower Temple. "Child of Temple" - this is a mystery which does not give rest to researchers: was he the son of the executed Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, the young Dauphin Louis-Charles, king Louis XVII?

When parents of eight-year-old Dauphin was executed, the Royal houses of Europe and the United States government recognized him as the rightful king. In fact, he was. Remember the boy about it when he was left alone in the chamber Temple? He was fed, but did not communicate with him. While in the outside world the royalists made plans for his release, Republicans, and seriously pondered the option of restoring the monarchy, the young king was sick, shriveled, and degraded alone. In June 1795, at the age of ten years, he, according to the official version, died of scrofula, and was buried in the cemetery of Saint-Marguerite.

Rumors that buried is not the king, and another boy went at once and gave rise to a great many impostors not only in Europe but in the New world (in Mark TWAIN's "the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" described the scammer posing as the "late Dauphin"). About Louis-Charles, volumes have been written fiction and nonfiction. In 2000 DNA analysis of the heart of the deceased in the Temple of the child (it seized a doctor at autopsy) and the DNA of the hair of Marie-Antoinette showed coincidence of genetic traits. The heart was solemnly buried in the Royal tomb of Saint-Denis. This, however, did not convince the supporters of version about the other boy, and the spears break so far.

And the Church walls of Saint-Marguerite is a very small and simple headstone with the cross on which embossed "LXVII, 1785 - 1795". And the inscription - "Attendite et videte: si est dolor sicut dolor meus". This is a quote from the tragic lamentations (1:12): "...take a look and see if there's any pain like my disease..?". And almost always there are flowers.