How had Versailles got to this sudden end ?
Nothing was really planned, yet everything was predictable.
The American Revolution had set the tone of the decade. The world was changing. The parisians were starving. The king and his wife appearing very distant from all this, secluded in their glittering palace of Versailles, had become the target of the parisians hatred and desperation.
Discover the City of Paris under another side (description of the tour by car):
Book this French Revolution tour, and visit many emblematic sights. Nothing is more explicit than a tour of Paris in order to seize the parisian atmosphere of that time with our guide!
Let’s come with us on this French revolution Tour and walk on the steps of the revolutionaries. Then, understand the fascinating sequence of events which lead up to the people taking arms against their king.
Step back into the Paris of the eighteen century, and relive the epic of the French Revolution with us: from the place de la Bastille where the French destroyed in 1789 one of the symbol of the absolute monarchy: the Bastille prison, to « the revolution square » where the king Louis, his wife Marie-Antoinette and many others caracters were guillotined in 1793.
In the Marais district you’ll see indelible marks left by the revolutionaries.
Around Notre-Dame Cathedrale, you’ll be told of how the Revolution got to the worst atrocities against priests.
Next to the Louvre, you’ll step in the beautiful Palais Royal garden, formerly the law-free residence of the libertine duke of Orleans where it was forbidden, before it became the hotbed of revolutionary ideas with nobles and plebs mixing together in coffee shops and sideshows.
In Saint Germain quarter, you’ll have a drink with us in the most ancient café of Paris, the Procope café, where Benjamin Franklin is said to have outlined his ideas for an american constitution, and where the revolutionaries met around Robespierre.
Passing by the Conciergerie, you will be told about the terrible last 76 days Marie-Antoinette had to endure in this antechamber of death, and will wonder where she found the strength to face adversity with such dignity.
You will then head to the place de la Concorde, the most symbolic place of the French Revolution where most people were executed by this new execution device, the guillotine.