One of the most interesting parts of the city’s history is the period of Paris revolution or the French Revolution. Although it generally may cover some significant events which occurred on the rest of France, let us try to focus on the events surrounding the Paris revolution.
The period which can also be referred to as revolutionary Paris started in 1789 and ended in 1795. Take a look at some of the individual events which transpired during this period of its history:
– The period of Paris revolution is perhaps best remembered for the destruction of properties during those times. The revolt resulted to a ‘systemized butchery’ of personal and public properties during those times.
– It was in July of 1789 that the Bastille prison in Paris was attacked and burned to the ground. The event marked the beginning of the French Revolution in general.
– The leaders back then, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, were accused of being indifferent to the people’s plight. When the fall of the monarchy and the first French Republic was declared, the two were guillotined.
– From 1793 to 1799, Paris was the setting of the ‘reign of terror’. It was in the city that executions were held and it was in this period that religion was banned. In 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte lead the stabilization of the government, later on becoming Emperor until 1815.
– The dismantling of the Bastille signaled the start of renewal projects in the city.
All in all, this dark but liberating period during the French revolution taught us a lesson that unity should be imposed on a nation, and any infringement on the liberty of the people will have disastrous consequences.
So when you are visiting the “City of Lights”, which historical spots should you visit to remind you of the events that transpired during the Paris revolution period? First up, there’s the Carnavalet museum which is the city’s museum.
At the Louvre, you will get to see the works of Jean Louis David. Finally, there’s the Procope Café, a place frequented by Benjamin Franklin and some important figures during the French Revolution.