Execution of Louis XVI

major event of the French Revolution

The execution of Louis XVI by guillotine is an important event of the French Revolution, it took place publicly on 21 January 1793 at the Place de la Révolution (renamed Place de la Concorde in 1795) in Paris.

Execution of Louis XVI
Part of the French Revolution
The Execution of Louis XVI at the Place de la Révolution
Date21 January 1793
TargetLouis XVI
Attack type
Execution by Guillotine
PerpetratorsCharles-Henri Sanson

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At a trial on 17 January 1793, the National Convention convicted the king of high treason. No one voted "not guilty" but some deputies abstained. Louis XVI was condemned to death by a simple majority. The execution was performed four days later by Charles-Henri Sanson, who was the High Executioner of the French First Republic.