In July 1794, the Hôtel de ville was a scene of violence. After a reign of terror lead by Robespierre, opponents tried to take power. Afraid to be captured the famous French Revolutionair Maximilien Robespierre Robespierre tried to kill himself with a pistol but only managed to shatter his jaw. Others, such as his brother Augusting, jumped out of the window of the Hôtel de ville.They took Robespierre with shattered jaw to be executed. He was held in the same containment chamber where Marie Antoinette, the wife of King Louis XVI, had been held, before her execution. On 28 July 1794, Robespierre was guillotined without trial in the Place de la Révolution.