French Revolution Sites

If you’re looking to explore French Revolution sites and want to find the best places to view French Revolution history then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of French Revolution places and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of French Revolution sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring French Revolution sites.

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French Revolution: Site Index

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Basilica of St Denis

The Basilica of St Denis was the site where French monarchs were buried until the French Revolution, when many of the tombs were looted.

The Basilica of St Denis (Basilique Saint-Denis) in Paris, France is a cathedral basilica named after France’s patron saint. In fact, the place where Basilica of St Denis stands is believed to the site where Saint Denis, also known as Saint Dionysius, was buried after his death in around 275... Read More

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Fort Saint Jean

Fort Saint Jean was built in the seventeenth century in Marseille and later used as a prison during the French Revolution.

Fort Saint Jean was one of two fortresses built by King Louis XIV in Marseille in the seventeenth century. Construction began in the 1660’s under the guise of wanting to protect Marseille from outside attack. In fact, the purpose of Fort Saint Jean was to subdue a rebellion by the... Read More

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Fort Saint Nicholas

Fort Saint Nicholas was built in the seventeenth century to quell an uprising in Marseille. It was later sacked during the French Revolution.

Fort Saint Nicholas in Marseille is a fortification built by King Louis XIV between 1660 and 1664, supposedly to defend the city’s port, but also to quell the uprising of the people of the city against their governor. In fact, its guns, like those of its contemporary, Fort Saint Jean,... Read More

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HMS Victory

HMS Victory is one of the most famous ships in the Royal Navy and played a notable role during the French Revolutionary Wars.

HMS Victory is one of the world’s oldest and most famous warships. No other surviving ship has served in the American Revolution, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. In fact, it was her role as the flagship of British hero Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson during his final... Read More

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La Conciergerie

One of the most infamous French Revolution sites, La Conciergerie in Paris is a former palace turned prison which was the setting for the ominous Revolutionary Tribunal. Part of the Palais de Justice.

La Conciergerie in Paris, France is located on an important site which once formed the seat of the city’s Roman leaders during their occupation of Gaul. La Conciergerie itself originally formed part of thirteenth century Palais de Justice, the royal palace built by King Philip IV. It served this role... Read More

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Monument aux Girondins

One of many French Revolution sites outside Paris, Monument aux Girondins is a fountain in Bordeaux commemorating the Girondists of the French Revolution.

Monument aux Girondins (The Girondins Monument) is a dramatic fountain statue in Bordeaux which commemorates the Girondists. The Girondists were originally part of France’s Legislative Assembly, becoming one of the groups which supported the French Revolution as it began. In fact, they were one of the legislature’s most militant sections. However, in... Read More

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Palace of Versailles

The Palace of Versailes was the residence of King Louis XIV and former seat of the French Government. Among the most famous French Revolution places.

The Palace of Versailles was originally the hunting lodge of France’s King Louis XIII, but was transformed into a magnificent residence by his son and successor, Louis XIV. The ostentatious monarch built the Grand Apartment of the King and Queen which included the magnificent Hall of Mirrors before moving both his... Read More

Palais de Justice

The Palais de Justice is the main courthouse in Paris and which served as the court of the Revolutionary Tribunal.

The Palais de Justice in Île de la Cité in Paris is a vast and majestic gothic structure, the site of which was originally the home of governors of Ancient Rome. Palais de Justice then became the royal residence of the French monarchy such as Louis IX and remained as... Read More

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Place de la Concorde

Among the most famous French Revolution sites, Place de la Concorde was where King Louis XVI and many others were executed.

Place de la Concorde in Paris was the site where King Louis XVI was executed on 21 January 1793. During the French Revolution, Place de la Concorde was named Place de la Revolution. Prior to this, it had been known as Place Louis XV and had contained a statue of the... Read More

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Remains of the Bastille

One of the lesser-known French Revolution sites, the remains of the Bastille prison can be viewed at Square Henri Galli in Paris.

Some remains of the Bastille, the state prison which was famously stormed thus sparking the French Revolution, can be seen in a small park known as Square Henri Galli in Paris. A small plaque next to what seems like an innocuous pile of stones marks this out as the remains... Read More

The Bastille

Probably the most famous of all French Revolution sites, The Bastille was a prison stormed in 1789, sparking the revolution. It was later destroyed and its location is now marked by a monument.

The Bastille was a fourteenth century fortress turned prison in Paris which would become central in igniting the French Revolution. On 14 July 1789, a large group descended on the Bastille demanding that its prisoners – by now only seven were held there – be released. Their main aim was... Read More

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The Catacombs of Paris

The Paris Catacombs are underground quarries housing approximately six million human skeletons dating back to the 18th century, including some of those killed during the French Revolution.

The Catacombs of Paris (Les Catacombes de Paris) came into use as a burial place for Parisian bones in the eighteenth century following the overpopulation of Parisian cemeteries and the closure of the Cemetery of Innocents (Les Innocents). The Catacombs are underground quarries encompassing a portion of Paris’ old mines near... Read More

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The Pantheon - Paris

The Pantheon in Paris is a neo-classical church which was completed in 1789. Its crypt interns many famous French figures.

The Pantheon in Paris (Le Pantheon), was built as a result of King Louis XV’s determination to create an edifice to the glory of St-Genèvieve, the patron saint of Paris. “The Pantheon” means “Every God” and construction began in 1758 with the intention that the building be a church. However, it... Read More