Down with Unfair Taxes! The Chartres Rotunda
Today, it is one of the entrances to the Parc Monceau. However, in 1789, this rotunda was a tollgate and part of the Farmers General wall, which had just been built in order to more efficiently tax merchandise entering Paris. Built in 1788 with public funds by the famous architect Ledoux, this sumptuous rotunda in the Antique style shocked people with its extravagance. It symbolized everything wrong with society: not only did it embody the injustice of taxes, but since it was located near the garden of the Duke of Orléans, it also represented the aristocracy’s extravagance… There were also rumors that orgies even occurred here. In some of the lists of grievances drawn up in the spring of 1789, it was called even referred to as the “Bastille”… It would ultimately be saved from destruction when the tollgates were burned in July 1789.
Entrance to the Parc Monceau, 35 boulevard de Courcelles