A Square from the Ancien Régime during the Revolution: “The Grève”
Smaller than the current Place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville, the Place de Grève was rarely empty during the Revolution! “This was where boats loaded with hay, wheat, flour, oats, barley, wine, whitewash and charcoal arrived and where business was conducted” (Encyclopédie méthodique, 1791). During the Revolution, before being the site of municipal power, the Grève was a port and a working-class area: that was also why many revolutionary events started or ended here. However, it was also the site of public executions.
Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville, near the pont d'Arcole