"Place de la Bastille" Place de la Bastille Tip by Dabs

Place de la Bastille, Paris: 61 reviews and 133 photos

  Place de la Bastille
by Dabs

On our July 2011 trip to Paris we stayed in the 11th arrondissement, one of the squares that we would pass on our way here or there was the Place de la Bastille. The prison known as the Bastille no longer exists, it was destroyed during the French Revolution after the infamous storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789.

In the center of the square there is the Colonne de Juillet (July Column) which commemorates the events of the 1830 July Revolution. The column is engraved with the names of the Parisians who died in the Revolution, it is topped with a winged gilded figure, the Genie de la Liberte (Spirit of Freedom), who holds the torch of civilization in one hand and broken chains in the other.

Address: Place de la Bastille

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