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The Place de la Bastille is a historic square in Paris where the French Revolution was kicked off. The flashpoint 'Storming of the Bastille' saw the capture and subsequent destruction of the medieval Bastille prison on this site by the people of Faubourg Saint-Antoine.

At the centre of the square stands the Colonne de Juillet (July Column) which commemorates the July Revolution of 1830 and the 'Trois Glorieuses' or "three glorious" days of 27-29 July 1830 during which king Charles X was replaced by king Louis-Philippe. The 52 meter high Corinthian column has a bronze shaft with an internal spiral staircase, and is divided into 3 parts for the 3 glorious days. It is engraved with the names of the 504 victims of the July Revolution. The base has Gallic roosters at the corners, and a lion relief by Antoine-Louis Barye, along with a commemorative plaque with the inscription 'À la gloire des citoyens français qui s’armèrent et combattirent pour la défense des libertés publiques dans les mémorables journées des 27, 28, 29 juillet 1830' (To the glory of French citizens who armed themselves and fought for the defence of public liberties during the memorable days of 27, 28, 29 July 1830). The white marble base below features circular bronze medallions with bas-reliefs of the Cross of July, Medusa's head, Charter of 1830, and the Balance of Justice. The column is surmounted by a gilded globe, on which stands the gilded figure of Génie de la Liberté (Spirit of Liberty) by Auguste Dumont. The iconic figure, which was featured on 10 Franc coins, depicts Liberty with the torch of civilization in one hand and the remains of his broken chains in the other.

Around the Place de la Bastille are the Bastille Opera, Borne Timescope, Bastille subway station, and Bassin de l'Arsenal into which a section of the Canal Saint Martin flows. The perimeter of the medieval fortress is marked by a triple row of paving stones.

Lined with several cafes, bars, night clubs, cinemas, and concert halls, it is a popular spot for hanging out. It also hosts various fairs, concerts, markets, and political events.



About Place de la Bastille

 Place de la Bastille, 75011 Paris, France

 Nearest Transit: Bastille (Line No. 1, 5, 8)

Place de la Bastille and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Atelier Brancusi

Atelier Brancusi(1.5 km)
Atelier Brancusi is a recreation of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s studio, displaying his works in the same layout in which he had bequeathed his 15th arrondissement apartment at 11 impasse Ronsin to the French government.

Parc des Buttes Chaumont

Parc des Buttes Chaumont(2.8 km)

St. Etienne du Mont

St. Etienne du Mont(1.7 km)

Eglise Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet

Eglise Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet(1.5 km)
A controversial church serving as de facto headquarters of the arch-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, who occupied the church in 1977 and have ignored subsequent eviction orders.

Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont

Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont(1.7 km)

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges(0.3 km)


Sainte-Chapelle(1.8 km)
Built in 1242-'48 by King Louis IX to house his collection of the relics of Christ, the Sainte-Chapelle is the crowning glory of the Palais de la Cité on the Île de la Cité.

Musee Curie

Musee Curie(2 km)
This charming scientific museum preserves the offices and laboratories of Pierre and Marie Curie, pioneers in the discovery of radioactivity, their instruments, equipment and furniture arranged as it was during their critically important research.

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