By Staff Reporter 1:31 pm PST

Commune of Paris is also known as Paris Commune or French Commune de Paris.

In the hot bed of socialist revolt against the French Republic that lasted from March 18 to May 28, 1871, much of Paris had been destroyed. The insurrection occurred in the wake of France’s defeat in the Franco-German War and the collapse of Napoleon III’s Second Empire (1852–70). Communist forces under Louis Auguste Blanqui battled the National Guard in their efforts to capture the city and overthrow the French government.

The working-class revolutionaries also tried to erase all symbols of the “bourgeoisie,” or the upper-class of society. They harassed or killed many priests and wealthy citizens during their uprising. By May 28th, 1871, after the La semaine sanglante” (“The Bloody Week”), the communist rebels had set ablaze and destroyed many monuments, artworks, and architecture. The Nôtre Dame, the Hôtel Dieu, and the magnificent collection of pictures in the Louvre had thankfully escaped demolition.

Below you can find a series of pictures that will give you an idea of the Paris before and after communist’s destruction in 1871.

rue Royalerue Royale

rue de la Paixrue de la Paix

Vendome columnVendome column

Fort d'AubervilliersFort d’Aubervilliers

la Rotondela Rotonde

Porte MaillotPorte Maillot

La VilletteLa Villette

Palais de la Légion d’HonneurPalais de la Légion d’Honneur

Palais de JusticePalais de Justice

Grenier d'abondancePalais de Justice

de l’Arsenalde l’Arsenal

Ministère des FinancesMinistère des Finances

rue Royalerue Royale

Royal StreetRoyal Street

Avenue de la Grande Armée - Avenue de la Porte-MaillotAvenue de la Grande Armée – Avenue de la Porte-Maillot

Théâtre de la Porte Saint-MartinThéâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin

boulevard St Martinboulevard St Martin

Boulevard VoltaireBoulevard Voltaire

rue Rivoli - rue St Martinrue Rivoli – rue St Martin

rue Rivoli - rue St Martinrue Rivoli – rue St Martin

rue du Sommerard - boulevard Saint-Michelrue du Sommerard – boulevard Saint-Michel


porte de St Ouenporte de St Ouen

la maison de Thiersla maison de Thiers

Demolition Thiers houseDemolition Thiers house

Place du Château d’eau - place de la RépubliquePlace du Château d’eau – place de la République

de la Villettede la Villette

rue de Lillerue de Lille

rue de Lillerue de Lille

Gare MontparnasseGare Montparnasse

de l’Hôtel de Villede l’Hôtel de Ville

Tour Saint-JacquesTour Saint-Jacques


tuileries Pavillon de l’horlogetuileries Pavillon de l’horloge

Photos from Paris Zigzag