"Colonne de Juillet" Place de la Bastille Tip by sim1

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My journey around Paris started off at the Colonne de Juillet, located on the Place de la Bastille. My hotel was located in this area, and this was one of the first views of Paris I got. The long column, almost 52 metres high, with the gold statue on top was towering high above anything else in the area. And like everything in Paris this column has a long history to it.

The Colonne de Juillet is located in the middle of the square and is surrounded by a rather busy roundabout. The square and its surroundings are often referred to as the 'Bastille', which is a lively and popular area in Paris, with lots of cafes and bars. But, hahaha, I guess I am getting on a side-track here; back to the column and why it is placed here....

The column dates back to July 28, 1840, and was build in order of King Louis-Philippe (1773 ? 1850) who wanted a monument to commemorate both the French revolution of 1789 (also known as the storming of the Bastille) and the "three glorious days" of the July revolt in 1830. The column is located roughly where the medieval Porte Sainte-Antoine once stood.

On a sunny day the glistering gold-leafed bronze statue on top will certainly draw your attention. This is the Génie de la Liberté (the Spirit of Freedom) and was designed by sculptor Augustin-Alexandre Dumont.

Interested in reading more about the history of the Place the La Bastille and the July revolution? Then these two external links might be something for you:

Address: Place de la Bastille
Directions: Place de la Bastille
In the quarter 'Marais'
12th Arrondissement
Métro stop: Bastille

Phone: +33 2 62 86 46 21
Website: http://www.bastillefortress.com

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2006
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