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Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app

The Paris city council has just inaugurated a new website and smartphone app (in English!) called Parcours Révolution, featuring a treasure trove of information about the key sites of the Revolution in Paris (around forty of which are on the Left Bank close to our hotels), a presentation of the main protagonists, an explanation of the timeline and points of interest to seek out in a number of different areas.

A great way to explore and learn more about the history of Paris, and France…

Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app

First, let’s take a look at the neighbourhoods the site suggests you explore. Several are on the Left Bank:

the area around the montagne Sainte-Geneviève (just behind the Pantheon) has seven points of interest, including the Jardin des Plantes, the École polytechnique and the site of the former Sainte-Pélagie prison (which was originally built to house repentant prostitutes) where Madame du Barry and Rouget de Lisle were incarcerated.

Click the image below to start exploring the neighbourhood.

Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app

The area around the Pantheon also has seven points of interest to seek out, with intriguing titles like a school for children of colour from the colonies, exemplary sans-culottes and massacre at the monastery!

Click the image below to check everything out.

Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app

The Odéon neighbourhood is packed full of interesting places to go see, no less than thirteen(!), including the café Procope – a ‘cradle of freedom’ dating from 1686 – the Odeon Theatre which played its part in the Révolution by staging a politically-charged play that openly criticised Louis XVI, the church of Saint-Sulpice with the motto The French people recognise the supreme being and the soul’s immortality written on the façade and still visible ot this day, the Museum of French Monuments which is now the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts….

Click the image below to start exploring the neighbourhood.

Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app

And the catacombs neighbourhood offers not only the catacombs themselves, but also a pavilion that served as an entrance to the city, called Hell’s Gate, and the Paris Observatory which was left untouched during the uprising, proof of the era’s faith in scientific progress.

Click the image below to take a look at these three spots.

Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app

As well as the areas to explore around town, the website has a lot of info about the key historical figures who played their part in the Revolution, and offers a timeline of events from 1798 to 1791, with handy links for extra info.

One page is also dedicated to further ressources – books, graphic novels, films like Sophie Coppola’s Marie-Antoinette and even videogames!

Don’t forget that the site is also availabel as an iOS or Android app, perfect to have with you while exploring the city. With sixteen neighbourhoods to look round and more than 120 points of interest to discover, you’ll be a Revolution expert in no time!


The Parcours Révolution website can be found here

iOS app here

Android app here

Learn all about the French Revolution and explore Paris with this website and app