On September 1, 1715, a few days before what would have been his 77th birthday, Louis XIV died in Versailles at 8:15. His agony was slow and he several times said good-bye to his spouse and court. In support of this latter interpretation of facts, Louis is recorded by numerous eyewitnesses as having said on his deathbed: "I depart, but the State shall always remain."His body was on view for eight days in the Mercury salon. He was transported to Saint-Denis on 9 September and buried here.