The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris where the Bastille prison once stood, until the storming of the Bastille and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution. No vestige of the prison remains.
The square straddles 3 arrondissements of Paris, namely the 4th, 11th and 12th. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille.
B. Gold | Jul 8, 2018
It’s a square where once was a Prison until stormed during the French Revolution on July 14, 1789. There is no vestiges of prison, instead there is a column called July Column that holds ‘Liberty Angel’ on top. If you respect history it’s nice to see it and pay respect to brave people who gave their life to change French history forever. July 14 is a national holiday observed with parade, many music concerts, performances and fireworks to celebrate French people’s bravery. Nowadays there are many nice places close by to enjoy famous French cuisine very reasonable priced since this part is not posh area of Paris. Many stores offer variety of products also cheaper than in some other areas. It’s very nice market place on weekends to buy freshly baked goodies, fruits, vegetables, smoked meats, fantastic cheeses and tasty homemade delicacies. Historic place where French people still come to start occasional demonstrations, in their revolutionary spirit paying respect to revolution uprising and French legacy.
Mark Doctoroff | May 18, 2018
About 650 years ago the first building was started-- as a part of Paris' defences. This was added to, and in the 18th century it became a much feared prison. In the late 18th century it was destroyed during an uprising by the populace/the French Revolution. The date of the start of this was 14 July--- which is still celebrated as a national holiday in France. The square is where the prison stood. In the middle is a large column- called the July column. On top of the column is a statue called the "Angel of Liberty". On Thursdays and Sundays there is a large open air market which could/should be combined with a visit to this interesting square. I hope that this Review has been helpful!!!
Ryan McCoppin | Mar 21, 2018
As a tourist, this spot was overrated. There is nothing really here except a music hall and a tall monument. But not very tall. It was an ok spot, but I would not return. Nothing to do or even really see. Place de la Concord is more interesting even though the tower there is smaller. There are better places in Paris to see and things to do! I would not waste my time here!
Iain Bruce | Jun 22, 2018
Area was under construction when we visited but was worth going to see for the beauty of the structure, quite something really.
Ulet Natalius | May 16, 2018
A memorable place, and close to a Metro station (which conveniently connects to most major attractions in Paris. Very confusing to traverse on foot, though, due to its circular form. There's a free public toilet nearby.
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