Enlighten yourself about the history of the French Revolution on a 2-hour walking tour of Paris, and relive the troubled times that led up to the storming of the Bastille prison, and the capture of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
What to Expect
Explore the fascinating story behind the French Revolution and the tumultuous times that led to this key historical event in France on a 2-hour walking tour of some of the most historic sites in Paris.
The French Revolution began on 14 July 1789, when the citizens stormed the Bastille prison. The prison no longer exists, although one of the city’s opera houses can now be found on the site, along with a column honoring the 1831 Paris Commune. The tour does not visit the location of the former prison, but there will be a lively discussion of the event.
Walk to Les Invalides, used by the French army as an ammunition depot in the city. Hear how revolutionaries scaled the moat and stole over 30,000 weapons that were used in the attack on the Bastille. Continue to the Conciergerie, a former prison on the Ile de la Cité. It was from here that over 2,500 prisoners were sent to the guillotine, including Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVII.
King Louis XVI was beheaded in the current-day Place de la Concorde on 21 January 1793. Stripped of all titles, he was guillotined in front of a large crown as simply citizen Louis Capet. The executioner testified that he had bravely met his fate.
Take in the history at Place de la Concorde, before visiting the Tuileries Gardens and the Assemblée Nationale, enjoying plenty of great discussions about the Reign of Terror of the 1790s along the way.
Meet your guide outside La Tour-Maubourg metro station (line 8).