Guided Walk by Rosemary Cheylus as part of the 2nd Les Historiennes Series
Ashes of the Commune
Tuesday, May 18, 2:30 pm, with Rosemary Cheylus
Imagine the Notre Dame smoke and fire of 2018 times 20, 30, or 40 ! Back in May of 1871 the population experienced a three-day bonfire of Paris’s main buildings–the culmination of the Commune uprising. It changed the physical center of Paris forever, with the destruction of many grand public and private structures. Notre Dame escaped, but many did not. There was inestimable loss of unique architecture, artwork, and interiors. Why did the Communards do this? What was their goal and in what ways did they help shape the twentieth century? Did the new government of the 1870-1890’s make good choices for the buildings that were rebuilt and those torn down? How did this period of rebuilding turn Paris into a “tourist destination?” Come see with us what emerged as we walk along the Seine and rue de Lille in the 6th arrondissement, the Ile de la Cite and the Rue de Rivoli. We’ll end our walk in the Jardin des Tuileries, in itself an unexpected gift of open space in the heart of the city following the fires.
Meeting point near Musee D’Orsay or Assemblée Nationale will be sent to those registered. Walking lecture, approx 5km. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, plus mask. Bring your camera for photo opportunities. If Paris is confined, we will meet via Zoom.
Limited to 11 participants. Cost: 7€
Register at www.aaweparis.org/les-historiennes/