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The Tuileries Palace under siege

The Tuileries Palace was a royal palace in Paris which stood on the right bank of the River Seine. The palace served as the residence for French monarchs, from Henry IV to Napoleon, until it was burned by the Paris Commune in 1871.

History

The original palace was built by Catherine de' Medici, who found the Louvre too small to serve as the royal palace. Tuileries was later united with the Louvre by Henry IV.[1]

Over the centuries, the Tuileries' garden would become much like an amusement park, the highlight of which came when Jacques Charles launched the world's first hydrogen filled balloon there in 1783.[1]

On 10 August 1792, at the height of the French Revolution, the palace was stormed by the Parisian mob and King Louis XVI and his family was forced to flee and take shelter in the National Assembly. During the ransacking of the palace, the Assassin Arno Dorian infiltrated to palace to retrieve the King's correspondonce with the Comte de Mirabeau, the Assassin Mentor, on behalf of the Assassin Council. Napoleon Bonaparte, a lieutenant in the French Army, also searched for the King's secret chamber in the palace, to find a First Civilization key, and the two joined forces to make their escape from the revolutionaries.[2]

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