Il y a 140 ans, la Commune…the City of Paris commemorates the 140th anniversary of one of the bloodiest civil wars in French history with a free exposition In the Heart of the Paris Commune at the Hôtel de Ville through May 28.
There are over 200 photographs, engravings and documents describing how the events of this rebellious Communist uprising (or people’s revolution, depending on your point of view) resulted in the death of over 20,000 Parisians and the destruction of a large part of the city’s monuments, including the original Hôtel de Ville, during what’s known as “The Bloody Week”.
Like every exposition at the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), the brochure and text are only in French. Yet the Paris Commune is one of the most important events in Parisian history, and it’s rarely described in English guidebooks. So we’ve decided to provide an English translation of the exposition’s text for those of you who might find it hard to follow in French.
Just click here to download the four page PDF (133k): The Paris Commune in English
To download the original French version, you can click here (397k): Il y a 140 ans, La Commune
March 18th to May 28th 2011
Entrance at 29 rue de Rivoli, 4th
Open every day except Sunday and holidays from 10am-7pm.
Free entry. Get there early to avoid waiting in line.