From the Worship of Saints to that of the Republic
In 1793, all traces of religion had to be removed from the streets. Revolutionaries considered them to be propaganda weapons that prevented Parisians from making their own decisions. Here, on Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, anything that was a reminder of Sainte Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, was removed from the public space. Like elsewhere, the word “saint” or “sainte” had to be removed from street names. The street Neuve-Sainte-Geneviève thus became “rue Neuve-Geneviève” (currently rue Tournefort).
20 rue Tournefort