toward mass executions, prophetically, as a two-edged sword that could be turned against the Committee. Indeed, Danton and many of his fellow Committee members were ultimately arrested and executed by more radical factions. Follow rue de Condé away from boulevard Saint- Germain and the carrefour Odéon to rue Saint-Sulpice; turn right and walk three blocks to the plaza in front of Saint-Sulpice which will be on your left. 6. Le ProcopeLe Procope, on rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, opened in 1686 as a cafe for “fashionable gentlemen” to drink coffee, considered at the time to be an exotic new beverage. It is best known as the 18th-century gathering place of Voltaire, Diderot, Rousseau, and many other “philosophes” whose theories and writings were the philosophical underpinnings of the Revolution. Both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin also mingled there when they were in Paris. In recognition of its Enlightenment roots, the cafe was redecorated in the late 1980’s in 18th-century style. The food is a bit expensive, but even if you don’t stop to eat be sure to peek at the furnishings inside. (;daily 10:30 AM - 1 AM) Return to boulevard Saint-Germain, cross the street, and you’ll find a large ... Like the Panthéon, Saint-Sulpice’s design included a plaza in front. Unfortunately, the plaza is often filled with rather shabby-looking market stalls which obscure an open view of the church. Saint-Sulpice’s grand organ is famous throughout Europe. It is well worth attending the thirty-minute recital that occurs most Sunday mornings after the 10:30 AM mass. (-paris.org ; daily 7:30-7:30) Find rue du Vieux Colombier at the northwest (far right) corner of place Saint-Sulpice; follow the street away from the plaza; it curves right and then jogs slightly left across a large intersection and becomes rue de Grenelle; stay on rue de Grenelle; after you cross boulevard Raspail you won’t be able to miss the Fontaine des Quatre Saisons on the left. Alternate route: At the bus stop adjacent to place Saint-Sulpice on rue Saint-Sulpice, take the 63 bus four stops to Varenne-Raspail; continue walking in the same direction the bus was going to rue de Grenelle; turn left across the street and continue on rue de Grenelle to the fountain on the left.Paris in the 18th Century - 8
11. Hôtel de Salm/Musée de la Légion d’HonneurTheHôtel de Salm(1782-87/1866-70) was originally designed by Pierre Rousseau for a German Prince, Friedrich de Salm-Kyrbourg. He built the mansion as part of an overall attempt to gain status and influence in the French court. The Prince only lived there a short time before he was executed during the Revolution. The building’s rather austere courtyard colonnade was inspired by the courtyard of the École de Médecine.