Courtesy of Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris | Licence: Public Domain
Courtesy of Musée Carnavalet, Histoire de Paris | Licence: Public Domain

Le Temple en 1450. (composition rétrospective).

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Additional Description: Enclos du Temple, rue, porte avec pont-levis, entrée, rue du Temple (1450). Enceintes Charles V, bâtiment conventuel, charnier, chapelle, église paroissiale, rotonde, cimetière, tour César, Donjon ou Grosse tour, Petite-tour, Palais du Grand Prieur, hôtel du Chapitre, jardins, vigne, arbres. Champ, ferme, butte. Activité agricole. Personnage, paysan, religieux, conventuel, porteur, charrette, cavalier, garde, soldat.

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Square du Temple, Paris, France


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The Tower was built at the same time as the imposing intramural fortress of the Templars, in the Middle Ages. The Paris Commune made it the prison of the royal family which they had secured, after the insurrectionary day of August 10, 1792 . The royal family was first transferred to the Feuillants convent and then on 13 August imprisoned in the Temple after a dinner served in the palace of the Grand Prior. The Temple embodied in the eyes of the monarchists the place of the torture of the monarchy , and had become a goal of pilgrimage. It was to curb its development that Napoleon decided to deliver the Temple Tower to the demolishers in 1808. The demolition lasted two years. The northeast corner of the Town Hall of the 3 th district and the gate of Temple Square were erected on the site of the tower. Instead of the Grand Prior of the palace was planted the Square du Temple in the middle of the XIX century. Nothing remains of this high place of revolutionary mythology but a considerable production of images which maintain the tragic character of the place. (