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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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  • This is for sure one of the most known landmarks of Paris as well one of the places symbol of the French Revolution. You will feel part of history while walking on it!  more »
  • A very wide plaza decorated by the column of July which was erected between 1835 to 1840 to commemorate the 1830 revolution that saw the fall of Charles X. There are lots of restaurants and the...  more »
  • Place itself not too good, surroundings are very good
  • I like the place, for me it's mixing from old and historical place and a modern style of fountain. Overall I suggest all tourists who will visit Paris to have a quick visit and take some photos.

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