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Place de la Bastille

In 1833, King Louis-Philippe ordered a monument to be constructed which would commemorate both the French Revolution of 1789 (the storming of the Bastille) and the "three glorious days" of the July (1830) revolt. The "Colonne de Juillet" (July Column) is located on an island in the middle of the very busy traffic circle that is Place de la Bastille. It is engraved in gold with the names of Parisians who died during the 1830 revolt. Over 500 of these revolutionaries are said to be buried in vaults under the column.
Address: Place de la Bastille, 750112, Paris France
Area: Opéra
Arrondissement: 4th/11th/12th
Opening times: All day every day
Transport: M° (Métro) - Bastille (M1, M5, M8)
Entry Cost: Free of charge

The Bastille Prison

France’s most famous prison has not existed since the revolution of 1789, when royal power, and the tyrannical values it had come to embody, was overturned. The revolutionaries took it upon themselves to destroy this prison, symbolising to those at the time the cruelty of the royal regime since the reign of Louis XIII. Interestingly though, it housed only 7 prisoners on the day of its destruction. That, alas, didn’t dissuade the sans-culottes from taking the head of its governor, marching it around the city on the end of a stake. The heavy steel keys of the Bastille can be found today in the Museum Carnavalet, and a good portion of its stone walls went towards building the Pont de la Concorde. In place of the prison today stands an enormous bronze column named the July Column, erected by Louis-Phillipe following the fall of Charles X in memory of those who died during the revolution and as a representation of the freedom found as a result. Atop the column stands the Genius of Liberty, wings open, representing a freedom that flies away, breaking the chains of oppression. The new Bastille Opéra was inaugurated for the bicentenary of the revolution of 1989, the ultra-modern theatre become Paris’ second.