- To discover Paris’ dark side and black heart.
- To realize Paris is the City of Crime as much as Romance.
- To be aware of the very first storming of the Bastille.
- To be told about great Criminal State affairs.
The Dark Side of Paris – Crime Tour (Private)
It’s well known: Paris is the City of Light. But there was a time, without streetlights, when Paris was cutthroat. Even in daylight. Police services had to deal daily with tragic matters. Besides, there were affairs of State, political assassinations or murders within Royal family, full of weasel dukes, princes or queens.
In brief, Paris was a madcap melting pot of conspirators, mean rascals, money or life robbers. By guiding you from Châtelet to the Beaubourg district, and then in the side streets of Le Marais, your guide will tell you a whole list of sinister but in a way delightful stories. You will be amazed by the things people are ready to do to change the course of history or keep their place in the sun.
Haemoglobin and black humor guaranteed.
The Saint Jacques Tower is all that remains from the parish church of the powerful butchery corporation. Who slaughtered animals… and occasionally their neighbors in seeking to keep their commercial privileges. In 1382, they killed tax collectors with lead mallets. In 1413, they organized the first storming of the Bastille. A detail which few Parisians know which you will learn in this crime tour of Paris.
The main prison to assault, if you want prisoners as scapegoats of all your troubles, could have been the Grand Châtelet jail, located where a fountain currently stands. Headquarters of the royal police, it sheltered a torture chamber and a morgue. Every morning, nightly murdered were exposed to be identified. A highly appreciative show for Parisians.
Paris also saw Kings murdered. Your guide will show you the commemorative plaque for Henri IV’s stabbing in1610, or the blind-alley where the Duke of Orleans, a King’s son, was horribly mutilated in 1407. Brrr…!
Passing by the Pompidou Centre, who might imagine that surrounding lanes remind us of a less respectable Paris, where high-ranking aristocrats murdered to make a fortune, when a whole building population was shot in retaliation of a serviceman’s death.
Fortunately, your guide has more positive things to tell you, like the wonders that happened in the “Cour des Miracles”. Here, the poor maimed persons begging passers-by for pity and alms in daytime “miraculously” recovered the faculty of their twisted or missing members as soon as night fell. The “Cour’s” precinct was a zone of lawlessness, a maze of dirty streets and damaged houses where all those in conflict with authorities could find a shelter.
Meeting Address: 10 Rue Saint-Martin, 75004 Paris, France - In front of Café Livres, Metro station Châtelet (lines 1, 4, 7, 11 & 14) / ENDING POINT: Notre-Dame cathedral, 75004 Paris, closest metro station: Cité (line 4)
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