"The July Column (1)" Place de la Bastille Tip by hquittner
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The symbolic but already minimally used prison-fortress La Bastille (of 1370) was totally demolished at the start of the Revolution (1789). Yet the Place has remained one of the focal points of the West Bank. It is located on the boundary of the western edge of the 12th Arr. with the 4th. In the square is the July Column erected by Louis-Philippe (1831-40; architects Alavoine and Duc) upon an earlier base started by Napoleon I. The column consists of 21 hollow cylindrical bronze drums joined by perforated bands that allow light to enter to illuminate a spiral stair at the center. The figure on the top is "The Genius of Liberty" (Dumont). The tunnel of the St. Martin Canal (1860) runs under a crypt in the base of the column where bodies of the "heroes" of the 1830 and 1848 revolutions are interred. Their names are inscribed on the column.
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