The Conférence Tollgate
During the Revolution, the Conférence tollgate was also called the “Minimes” or “Bonshommes tollgate.” Not only were tolls collected here, but it was also one of the gates through which everyone had to pass in order to enter or leave Paris. However, this was not just any gate: located right next to the Louvre and the Place de la Révolution, it also led to the road to Versailles where the king lived until October 1789… Thus, it was a very strategic spot! Consequently, when the king visited the new Parisian municipality on July 17, 1789, it was here where Mayor Jean-Sylvain Bailly, recently elected, welcomed him. The toll building was still smoking: a few days earlier, “patriots” had tried to burn it down in order to protest against taxes.
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