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Place de la Bastille

Explore the traces of the place where the iconic Bastille Prison once stood, until its destruction during the French Revolution.

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Private Paris Walking tour: Le Marais in the French Revolution
One of the most vibrant Parisian districts, the Marais also possesses an unparalleled cultural heritage.
Once the place to live in for the French nobility, this area witnessed some of the key moments of the Revolutions that were going to turn upside down the history of France. On your private walking tour of Le Marais, you will:

  • Enjoy an introduction to pre-revolution France in Le Marais.
  • Visit the remains of the famous Bastille prison, along with other physical traces of the revolution in the area. 
  • Stroll down rue Saint-Antoine, where you will see and hear the history of the first exclusively female political club.
  • Take a break by the Place des Vosges, whose name has changed no less than four times, according to the winning side of history retold.  
  • Step into the largest church in Le Marais, which still has graffiti on its walls from the Commune of 1871.
  • Discover a section of a wall remaining from the prison de La Force.
The events of the French revolution were chaotic, historic, and truly extraordinary. Uncover this iconic period of history with an expert guide. Your tour begins with an introduction of pre-revolution France, and the economic and political landscape that led to a great class clash between the clergy, the nobility, and the bourgeoisie. Discover the fall of Louis XVI and the dismantling of the Ancien Régime, explore the remains from the storming of Bastille, learn about France's abolition of feudalism, and the subsequent stream of power conflicts that made France's history so bloody. 

On your way you will discover one of Paris most charming squares, the Place des Vosges, a luxurious mansion transformed into a prison during the Terror, and the streets where the Jewish community settled in, favored by the religious freedom granted by the Republican convention. Helped by your professional guide, you will also hunt for hidden historical vestiges, such as a cannonball stuck in a building dating back to the Middle-Age and remnants of Republican graffiti inside a church. Whether you’re new to French history or have been studying this notable period of the country, your expert guide will tailor the tour for you to see the impact of the revolution on Paris and the modern world.  
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