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Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Use our Paris trip itinerary site to arrange your visit to Place de la Bastille and other attractions in Paris.
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  • Place de la Bastille is a large public square located on the historic site of the Bastille Prison, whose storming in 1789 sparked the French Revolution. The square dates to 1792. Its focal point is... 
    Place de la Bastille is a large public square located on the historic site of the Bastille Prison, whose storming in 1789 sparked the French Revolution. The square dates to 1792. Its focal point is...  more »
  • Large square surrounded by very fancy and quaint stores, cafes and restaurants. I hear the place has improved a lot in the last few years and its now more pedestrian-friendly. That is good to know... 
    Large square surrounded by very fancy and quaint stores, cafes and restaurants. I hear the place has improved a lot in the last few years and its now more pedestrian-friendly. That is good to know...  more »
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  • What an amazing place, fully lively in day time and if you come back in night, illuminated lights makes this place wonderful. The whole area is amazing, lots of cafes and bars around. Great place to walk around.
  • Better go there at night or clear day, good view and a lot of places to drink and eat. Don't miss the nearby river.

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