"Place de la Bastille" Place de la Bastille Tip by Pieter11
Place de la Bastille, Paris: 61 reviews and 133 photos
The Place de la Bastille is the place where the history of France was made. It may not be just as nice-looking like the Place Vendome, the Place de la Concorde or the Place des Vosges, but the Place de la Bastille definitely is a place where you must have been to feel the history.
At this place the Bastille was built in 1380, to protect the Eastern entrance of Paris. It had been a fortress for a long time, when it was turned into a prison. People that disagreed with the situation of inequality were locked up, like the famous Marquis de Sade and the writer Voltaire. In those days the power was with the Royalty and with the aristocraty, the wealthy people.
At the 14th of July, 1789, the poor people of Paris revolted against this situation and attacked the Bastille. It was the start of the French Revolution where the monarchy was brought down and the republic was started.
Today nothing is left of the Bastille as it was before the Revolution. Instead in 1840 the Colonne de Juillet was placed here to memorise the victimes of this hard period of French history. It´s 50 metres high and has all the names of the victimes written on it.
A sign of the modern Paris also is very clear at the Place de la Bastille. The hypermodern Opera de la Bastille has a dominant place at the square. But of course the Colonne is the sign where it´s all about at the Place de la Bastille.
Address: Place de la Bastille
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