Place de la Bastille is one of the more well-known squares in Paris and occupies an important place in French history. This is where the Bastille Prison stood until 1789, when this 'symbol of royalist tyranny' was stormed on July 14 during the French Revolution. No trace of the Bastille prison remains but the square is still a place where Parisians go to raise their voices in political protest.
In the middle of the square stands the July column, commemorating the three-day July Revolution of 1830. yet another overthrowing of a French king.
These days the Bastille is a large traffic roundabout and the surrounding area is known for its bars, cafes, and nightclubs. It is home to the Opera Bastille, a marina for pleasure boats and the Canal Saint Martin.
Tours & Tickets
Explore Paris’ colorful Bastille district on a 3-hour food tour led by an expert food-loving guide! Spreading out into three Paris arrondissements, the ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
Explore Paris’ historic Marais district and enjoy skip-the-line entry to the Picasso Museum on this 2-hour Paris walking tour. Follow your guide through the ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)