The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, signaled the beginning of the French Revolution. It was a highly symbolic ... More
Place de la Bastille
The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, signaled the beginning of the French Revolution. It was a highly symbolic event: the prison only held seven prisoners. Once the building had been demolished, the stones were used to build the Pont de la Concorde (Concorde bridge). The signs of this turbulent part of history are engraved on the square. The paving stones of the Boulevard Henri-IV follow the former walls of the prison, and the July Column in the center commemorates the Parisians killed during the uprisings of 1830 and 1848. Formerly a place of violence and crime, this area is now home to trendy bars and cafes, and a modern opera house. A ball, held on the night before July 14's public holiday, marks the anniversary of the Revolution.
Upon seeing the pole I remarked, "Wow that is quite the pole." when I was saying this I was nopt paying attention to where I was walking and sadly stubbed my toe on a piece of cheese. France needs to keep better track of their cheese
The place de la Bastille is indeed disapointing. All you will see is a large monument "the big pole" to those who died in the french revolution. A vista of an opera house that has to be one of the worst examples of modern day ugly french design. All is not lost! Start your sojurn at Notre Dame and walk through the neighborhoods on your way to the bastile and back. Here you will see and feel sights and smells of normal frenchmen going about their everyday lives and you will be exposed to some of the most delightful and beautiful areas in Paris. Sometimes the journey is more important than the destination
Of all the things I saw while I was in Paris, the Bastille was the most disappointing. Next to a "Tex-Mex" restaurant,the Columne de Juillet, the symbol for Frencc oppression, is nothing more than a big, decorated pole in the ground. I was so upset that I took time out of the Musee D'Orsay for this.
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