Tuileries Palace

A royal palace on the Seine in central Paris. It had been rejected by Louis XIV as his main residence in favour of a new palace outside the city (at Versailles). Louis XVI followed this example until he was forced to return to the Tuileries during the October Days in 1789. The Tuileries Palace was destroyed during the Paris Commune of 1871. See also the map of Paris under the 'Resources' tab.

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14 October: A King Imprisoned? The October Days

On 5-6 October 1789, a Parisian crowd led by thousands of women marched out to demonstrate at Versailles and forced the royal family to relocate to...


30 June: Capture at Varennes: The Humiliation of a King

Here the duchess sifts through the wreckage of the royal family's thwarted attempt to escape Paris in June 1791. Before leaving on what would become...


25 May: Revolutionary France Faces Military Disaster

After much triumphalist rhetoric in Parisian political circles ahead of France's declaration of war against Austria on 20 April 1792, the harsh...

14 August: The August Revolution: The Fall of the Monarchy

The summer of 1792 was a perfect storm for the French monarchy, with rising demands for a Republic amid military defeats and the lasting resentment...