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Place de la Bastille

Place de la Bastille, Paris 75004 France
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    Cindy
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    3 Jul 05, 2014

    Now it is probably known to Parisians as a place with crazy traffic and usual spot for demonstrations, and the only remains of the famous prison are marked by a double row of paved stones (similar to the ones at the Berlin Wall).
    The impressive monument conmemorates the 1830 Revolution and not the 1789 one, despite what most people might think.
    Don't go out of your way to find it, but if you are close by, it's worth a visit.

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    Rich Carriero
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    5 Apr 11, 2014

    The Bastille is THE symbol of the French Revolution. The fortress that used to stand here housed a handful of political prisoners, including the Man in the Iron Mask, until July 14th, 1789 when a mob stormed the fortress. This moment is essentially the birth date of modern France. The fortress has since been dismantled but its site is still important ground for patriots and historians.

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    Daniel L.
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    4 Jan 23, 2014

    Nice gathering place to stop on your walking tour of Paris. Ideally you can locate a crepe vendor nearby.

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    Liam Lenehan
    4 Nov 04, 2013

    15 minutes walk from Ile saint Louis to the birthplace of the French Revolution and the new Paris Opera

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    Harold Smith-Franzen (@smithfranzen)
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    3 Oct 14, 2013

    A nice stop for the history but not particularly interesting unless there is a festival, event or protest.

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    Lauren Baker
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    5 Sep 18, 2013

    This is a vibrant and historic area that seems to be the center of a demonstration more often than not.

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    3 Aug 13, 2013

    La Bastille! Common place for demonstrations happening in the city. Took a walk over to check it out on July 14, also known as Bastille Day!

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    Rachelle C
    5 May 29, 2013

    5' walk - Opera Bastille
    Bus n°20 - metro line 8
    Many restaurants - Art galleries in a lively area

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    Marie Z Johnston
    5 Apr 26, 2013

    Line 8 takes you right to the Bastille with it's hustle and bustle, animated cafes and historical significance. Be sure to walk along the Canal and check out the house boats... the cafe facing the canal is a fun place to stop for a refreshment as you watch 'le tout Paris' stroll by.

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    Beth Spurr
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    3 Apr 01, 2013

    While some people come to the Bastille area without knowledge that the prison itself has been demolished and replaced with just a statue, the area surrounding place de la Bastille is great! The monument itself is beautiful, but take in the surroundings by visiting a crepe stand or going for a drink on Rue de Lappe.

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jan 15, 2013

    Well although there is nothing left to indicate that the Bastille was here, this is a very lively area. The number of restaurants located in the area would keep you busy for months. Subway exit and good bus destinations make this an easy place to get to and from.

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    Gratian Matache
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    4 Jan 14, 2014

    This is one of the most famous spots in Paris, and a pivotal part of French history. It is where the French Revolution began.
    The Bastille was built during the 100 years war in 1370 as a fortress guarding the eastern entrance into Paris. Later on, it became a jail. Many prisoners were kept here, some sentenced for “witchcraft” by King Louis XIV. The best known prisoner is known only as “The Man in Iron Mask”, and his time in the prison (and suggestions for his possible identity) have been chronicled in print and film alike.
    Today, nothing remains of the building, but paved stones mark its outline. A Colonne de Juillet (July column), topped by the Winged Spirit of Liberty, was erected in 1840 as a reminder of France's turbulent past, and to commemorate victims of another revolt, the 1830 uprising.

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    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Sep 18, 2012

    The Place de la Bastille is where the old Bastille fort used to, although now it's only marked by its outline. There's usually something going on here, not all of it pleasant.

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    Ying T
    4 Sep 14, 2012

    It's quite a sight to be here on Bastille Day. Totally recommend it. It's something to experience on this day.

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    Vero Brenda
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    4 Aug 19, 2012

    Actually if you look down, you might be able to see a row of bricks of what use to be the Bastille

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    Philippe Ph
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Here, you don't find a monument, of course, and I am very glad to say it to you, the Bastille (prison politique) has been destroy stone by stone by Franc- Masons after the Revolution of France!!! Of this stones, they have build a Bridge in Paris and used in others buildings!!!

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    Michael Nolan
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Absolutely awesome - a good place to go out at night, and the Bastille Market is my favorite in Paris. It's only there (or at least, the best there) where roast rabbit, giant scallops, and great veggies can be had at reasonable costs. It's also one of the better places to find an odd bar of two that don't quite conform to the Parisian 'cafe' night life (which can get dull/monotonous after a while).

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    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Always something going on here. Last time I was here there was a protest, which occurs frequently in France.

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    Maayan
    4 Jul 04, 2012

    Actually I had the opportunity to be there on Bastille day (July 14).
    It was fun experience with a lot of celebrations and fire works :)

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    Thais Guimaraes
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    2 Nov 16, 2013

    There's really nothing to see here.

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The Place de la Bastille is the former site of the Bastille prison before its destruction during the French Revolution. While the outline of the original fort is marked on streets and sidewalks, there is no other physical remains of the building. The July Column, an impressive monument displaying the names of Parisians who died during the revolution, sits in the middle of the square to commemorate ... read more
the revolution's three pivotal days in July 1830. Today, the culturally rich area is home to the Bastille Opera, concert halls, markets, cafes, and nightclubs.

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