The Statue of Henri IV: The Revolutionaries’ Favorite King!
Before 1789, the Henri IV statue was the gathering point for those who were called “patriots” and fought for liberty. Considered a moderate, given that he had reconciled the French after the Wars of Religion, Henri IV was honored as a model king, one whom Louis XVI should use as an example. The statue was even decorated during Revolutionary celebrations. However, after the fall of the monarchy (August 10, 1792), it was knocked down, destroyed and replaced with a monument depicting the Tablets of the Rights of Man. No king was pardoned in the eyes of the sans-culottes. A new statue of Henri IV was erected on the bridge in 1816.
Statue of Henri IV, Pont Neuf