- 1789, a key date in French history: The Revolution is on and with it 10 years of unpredictable events
- The guillotine: a technological revolution that served social innovation
- Heroes or jinxed, figures who made history: Robespierre, Danton, Marat, King Louis XVI, Queen Marie-Antoinette, Bonaparte
- The Revolution as a legacy: la Marseillaise (French national anthem), the tricolour flag and the Declaration of Human Rights
Two hundred years after, the French Revolution continues to fascinate and set off debates around its causes and consequences. In 1789, France left the traditional course of European history to join the revolutionary adventure. Cutting off with Ancient Regime (the former regime) led to a radical rupture with the past. Men wanted to create a legal political society made of free and equal individuals.
This guided tour will get you to better understand this complicated and chaotic period in French history: 10 tumultuous years from the fall of monarchy to the advent of the Republic and eventually the coup d’état of young General Bonaparte. You will take in the revolutionary atmosphere that once used to fill up the capital city walking through the Tuilerie gardens, the infamous Place de la Concorde, Palais Royal and the left bank. Follow your licensed guide through this revolutionary period.
Tour 1: Classic Tour 2hrs
Optional: possibility of including a visit to the Conciergerie