Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Use our Paris trip itinerary site to arrange your visit to Place de la Bastille and other attractions in Paris.
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  • ..... or the place itself, which is interesting here - no, it is the story that was written here: the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 is assumed to be the beginning of the French Revolution - the Bastille itself was then built between July 14, 1789 and July 14, 1790 (i.e. the stones were removed and partly used for the construction of the bridge "Pont Louis XVI".
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  • There is not much left of the ancient so famous square where the Bastille Castle contained the infamous prison. The complex was attacked and stormed by revolutionary rebels. The date of 14 July has since been appointed the French national day. The square is now marked by a large pillar, which was erected in memory of the revolution of 1830. Around there is a large roundabout with lots of traffic. On one side of the square is the Bastille Opera from 1989. This opera building does not match the character of the square at all.
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