Place de la Bastille
Colonne de Juillet
The 52m-high July Column stands in the middle of traffic-busy place de la Bastille. The unmissable green-bronze column is topped by a...
Nomadeshop rents and sells equipment and accessories, including wheels, helmets, elbow and knee guards. The shop is also the departure...
Rollers & Coquillages
This skate club organises a weekly three-hour 'Randonnée en Rollers' (a 23km skate around town), departing on Sunday at 2.30pm from...
This 3400-seat venue is the city’s main opera hall; it also stages ballet and classical concerts. Tickets go on sale online up to two...
Founded in 1864, Bofinger is reputedly Paris' oldest brasserie, though its polished art nouveau brass, glass and mirrors indicates...
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Place de la Bastille information
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.