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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  • The Place de la Bastille is named after the prison that the absolutist royal had built on that site and which was destroyed after the revolution. The symbol of repression was opposed by the column of July commemorating the revolution of July 1830 and the freedom that it entailed. The square is unattractive (it is currently in refaction) but serves as a reference if you walk through the adjoining neighborhoods. At the front you can see the opera of the Bastille that usually has a (classic) programming that is more than interesting. On one side is the arsenal and the canal of Saint Martin that connects with the Seine and what is a pleasant recreation space.
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  • This is still under construction - you can only take some photos from the distance although they might not look good due to the piles of stuff around. Location-wise, it’s very accessible as it’s just ...  more »
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