The Odéon neighborhood

Odéon, Circa 1780
Odéon, Circa 1780

The Saint-Germain neighborhood was the intellectual and artistic heart of the Revolution in Paris. Many journalists, deputies, scholars and artists resided here. Printing houses in the neighborhood worked day and night and, not far from here, the Theater of the Nation (currently Odéon) started making a name for itself as of 1789. Several hundred meters further on, sans-culottes gathered together in one of the most radical political clubs: the Cordeliers. Located in the former monastery of the same name, they were among the first to yearn for the advent of a Republic. In the street opposite, the famous deputy and journalist Marat was murdered in his own home in 1793. However, the neighborhood was also overflowing with cafés in which patriots imagined and organized the Revolution’s major events. Erected at the end of the 19th century, the statue of Danton is also a commemorative site: it marks the location of the famous revolutionary’s house.

The Odéon neighborhood


  • July 13, 1793

    Marat is assassinated in his own home by Charlotte Corday
  • 1789

    The play Charles IX by Chénier causes a political scandal at the Theater of the Nation
  • 1790

    The Cordeliers Club is created in the monastery of the same name
  • 1791

    At the Café Procope, Voltaire’s table is transformed into a commemorative site when his remains are transferred to the Panthéon
  • 1792

    The carpenter Tobias Schmidt develops a model of the guillotine in the Cour du Commerce
  • 1793

    The Saint Sulpice church is transformed into a temple of Reason
  • 1794

    The Theater of the Nation becomes the Theater of Equality
  • 1891

    Erected on the site of his former home, the statue of Danton adds a memorial aspect to this neighborhood.
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