Place de la Bastille

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Paris , France
place de la Bastille, 12e
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Metro: Bastille
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The Bastille, a 14th-century fortress built to protect the city gates, is the most famous Parisian monument that no longer exists. Nothing remains of the prison it became under Cardinal Richelieu, which was mobbed on 14 July 1789, igniting the French Revolution. Today a skirmishly busy roundabout, traffic flies around the 52m-high Colonne de Juillet in its centre. The unmissable green-bronze column is topped by a gilded, winged Liberty and revolutionaries from the uprising of 1830 are buried beneath.

If you’re interested in finding the Bastille’s one-time foundations, look for a triple row of paving stones that traces the building’s outline on the ground between bd Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. The foundations are also marked below ground in the Bastille metro station, on the platform of line 5.