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La Bastille refers to Chastel Saint-Antoine, a 14th century castle that occupied the location of place de la Bastille, at the eastern edge of the Paris city wall. The castle, which later became known as la Bastille, was used for defensive purposes until the 17th century, after which it was converted into a prison. It gradually became a symbol of the oppression by the French royal regime and was therefore a primary object of attack during the French Revolution of 1789. Soon after the revolution, under the new order, the castle was demolished and was turned into a large spacious square as part of the grand urban planning project of the 19th century. A monument to commemorate the Revolution was placed at the centre of the square and crowned with a guilded sculpture called Génie de la Liberté (Spirit of Freedom), by the sculptor Augustin-Alexandre Dumont.
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