Entertainment after the Revolution: the Tivoli Gardens
This entrance gave access to the Tivoli Gardens. Before the Revolution, this place was already popular: well-to-do Parisians paid good money to unwind amidst the exotic plants. It was a little like if an amusement park had been built inside a botanical garden! The “Folie-Boutin,” like it was then called, was also known as the “Tivoli Gardens” in homage to an Italian city famous for its water gardens. However, the owner of the Tivoli was executed in 1794 for having tried to flee the country. The gardens did not open again until 1795: it was one of the fashionable places in which the new bourgeoisie displayed its wealth, as well as its desire to forget the Revolution and its plans for equality.
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