Place de la Bastille
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- 69%Art & Design Lovers
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- 57%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- Place de la BastilleMember ofStudentsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 6
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.Recommended for:
- Place de la BastilleMember ofStudentsLocal CultureOutdoor Enthusiasts+ 2
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.
- Place de la BastilleMember ofStudentsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 4
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.Recommended for:
- Place de la BastilleMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesVegetarian+ 3
The former site of the Bastille prison, which is nowadays a traffic roundabout. It is possible to trace the site of the prison via marked paving slabs. A market is also held here on Sunday mornings.
- Place de la Bastille
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.Recommended for:
- Place de la BastilleMember ofLocal CultureLuxury TravelersArt & Design Lovers
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.
- Place de la BastilleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 2
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.Recommended for:
- Place de la BastilleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFoodies
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.