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Location address: France, Ile-de-France, Paris
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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.
The public square in the 4th arrondissement of Paris that is now the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville (City Hall Plaza) was, before 1802, called the Place de Grève. The French word grève refers to a flat area covered with gravel or sand situated on the shores or banks of a body of water. The location presently occupied by the square was the point on the sandy right bank of the river Seine where the first riverine harbor of Paris was established.