Bodies on the move

The churches of Saint Denis and Westminster are two of the most prominent interment sites for European royalty. Each of the churches has become a highly visited site for tourists to visit the tombs of past royals and other famous historical figures. The church of Saint Denis has been the final resting place for the kings of
France for centuries and contains the remains of every King of France except three in addition to other royal family members. Westminster Abbey is one of the most celebrated historic sites in the United Kingdom, the final resting place of the remains of past and historic rulers in addition to poets and other famous British writers.
French and English royalty used large collective burial crypts in medieval churches; however, those burial sites were preceded by other steps in the process of internment, as shown in the historical and bioarcheological evidence.
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Abstract/Description: The churches of Saint Denis and Westminster are two of the most prominent interment sites for European royalty. Each of the churches has become a highly visited site for tourists to visit the tombs of past royals and other famous historical figures. The church of Saint Denis has been the final resting place for the kings of France for centuries and contains the remains of every King of France except three in addition to other royal family members. Westminster Abbey is one of the most celebrated historic sites in the United Kingdom, the final resting place of the remains of past and historic rulers in addition to poets and other famous British writers. French and English royalty used large collective burial crypts in medieval churches; however, those burial sites were preceded by other steps in the process of internment, as shown in the historical and bioarcheological evidence.
Subject(s): Burial customs
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Saint Denis Cathedral
Westminster Abbey