"Place de la Bastille - July Column" Place de la Bastille Tip by pieter_jan_v
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The July Column, known in French as Colonne de Juillet, which commemorates the events of the July Revolution of 1830 stands at the centre of the Place the la Bastille.
The column is composed of twenty-one cast bronze drums, weighing over 74,000 kg.
It is 47 meters high and has an interior spiral staircase.
The base has white marble ornaments with bronze bas-reliefs, of which the lion by Antoine-Louis Barye is the best-known.
The column is engraved in gold with the names of Parisians who died during the revolution.
On the top is a globe on which a colossal gilded figure stands.
That figure is the "Génie de la Liberté" (the "Spirit of Freedom") by Auguste Dumont.
Address: Place de la Bastille - 75004 Paris
Directions: Métro Bastille
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