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Place de la Bastille

Updated Tuesday 19th June 2007

A brief history of Place de la Bastille

Location of Place De La Bastille Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Open2 team

Bastille memorial plaque Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

This square is the one of the most famous spots in Paris. Although today a notoriously busy place for traffic and, especially, fast drivers, it marks the place where the Bastille fortress was built by Charles V in the 14th century to serve as a fortress protecting the city during the Hundred Years' War. It's fame as prison comes from the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 which marked the beginning of the French Revolution. Destroyed at that time as a symbol of repression, the bronze column standing on the site today depicts the Angel of Liberty.

Statue of Eros Creative commons image Icon Peter Haas under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license

July 14th is now the Fête Nationale, a French national holiday.


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