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Place de la Bastille

  • Bastille, France
  • 5 Place de la Bastille, 75004 Paris, France 
  • Place de la Bastille kept its name in honor of the eponymous fortifications built on the right bank of the Seine, which became a prison for state prisoners. The name comes from the word "Bastide" which means tower. And indeed, in a massive quadrangular building there are 8 towers. Built a fortress in the years 1370-1381, during the reign of Charles V.

    The main entrance is from the Saint Antoine suburb, he served as a protection for the deep trench dug with a suspension bridge. Along the perimeter of the entire fortress towered huge wall. Two centuries later, on the orders of Henry II, with the outer eastern wall being completed reliable bastion, which served for military purposes.

    At different times of the Bastille prisoners were many well-known figures, philosophers, writers, dissatisfied with the policy of the authorities. For example, Voltaire, the Marquis de Sade, the Countess de Lammot, N. Fouquet, Marmantelyaў abbot Morelli Bomelle and many other opposition-minded aristocrats. 

    The existence of the Bastille as a prison ended July 14, 1789 On this day, the indignant people, led by officers of the royal troops Gulen and Ellie seized the fortress siege, giving the freedom of seven prisoners languishing there for many years. Date Bastille in France is considered a national holiday. Today, on the ruins of a fortress built new Place de la Bastille.
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Sights nearby

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The outlines of the Bastille
Monument Beaumarchais
Victor Hugo
Opera Bastille
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Hotel Sully
Monument Louis XIII Marais Quarter
Art Gallery Michel Estades Marais Quarter
Performing Arts Center
Dance Studio Harmonic
Monument Arthur Rimbaud
The village of Saint-Paul Paris
Museum of Magic Paris
Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Paris Museum of Magic Paris
Museum of curiosities and magic Paris
Museum of the History of Paris (Carnavalet Museum) Marais Quarter
The Jewish Quarter Marais Quarter
Aristocratic Marais Marais Quarter
Hotel Mason
European House of Photography Paris
Mansion Lozen Saint-Merri
Theater "Golden Hand"
Musée Cognacq-Jay Marais Quarter

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