Tuileries Gardens

Le Monde

To Be or Not to Be in the Tuileries
By: Clarissa Ann Henebury

Party in the Tuileries Gardens.

It was in October 1789 that Louis XVI. came, against his will, from Versailles to the Tuileries Palace. The place had been uninhibited and neglected for years.
The Revolution was at its peek, the streets were filled with rebellion. As groups continued to grow in size and hostility, actions began to take place. August 10, 1792, was when the revolutionary mob stormed the palace and massacred the Swiss Guard. Three days afterwards the King and Queen and their children were in the Temple prison, and in the following May the Convention moved from the Salle de Manege to the Tuileries. Louis now reduced to a mere peasant, was brought back to the Palace to be tried and condemned in the court of the Revolutionary Government.
In June 1794 the Tuileries gardens were packed with citizens and Robespierre, led the members of the Convention from their hall. He became so obsessed with the Revolution that anyone who dared to refuse it was brought to the Guillotines and was executed. The slightest whisper could have been considered plotting against the Revolution, or even a book that bared the symbol of the crown, was thought to be   loyalty to the king.
Two years passed and the Revolution grew unpopular. “A strong man was wanted”, and so he was found.
Napoleon, a great military leader rose to power in Paris.   The day after Napoleon was proclaimed Emperor, he held the first Imperial levee at the Tuileries
Pope Plus VII. Even had apartments in the Temple of Flora in the Tuileries when he came to Paris to crown Napoleon at Notre-Dame. It was also It in the Tuileries that Napoleon and Haussmann planned the rebuilding of Paris
After a long lived, and respectful life, the palace was destroyed by fire in 1871.

The Palais des Tuileries before the 1798 Revolution