Down with Kings!
During the Revolution, the Place des Victoires was a royal square: it was dedicated to King Louis XIV. Inaugurated in 1686 at the same time as the square, the statue sculpted by Desjardins represented the Sun King on foot and not on horseback like he is today. A sight that, as they say, was an “insult” to the sans-culottes after the monarchy fell (August 10, 1792). On August 11th, a large crowd toppled the statue from its pedestal. Kings no longer had their place in the streets of Paris.
Place des Victoires, at the corner of the rue des Petits Champs