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Place de la Bastille

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Address: Paris, France
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Description: This public square is situated around the remains of the famous Bastille...
This public square is situated around the remains of the famous Bastille prison.
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The Place de la Bastille has an important place in the history of Paris. It is the site where the Prison of Bastille once stood - however, there are no remains of the site... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The Place de la Bastille has an important place in the history of Paris. It is the site where the Prison of Bastille once stood - however, there are no remains of the site anymore. Due to its historical significance it is often used as a site for demonstrations. Nonetheless this area is a bustling, hustling neighbourhood full of cafes,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

No historical building still exist on this site being hauled off brick by brick in the 1700s. That being said, its a neat neighborhood. Would only recommend if you have plenty of time in the city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Best way to see this is on a bus tour...even this time of year if you bundle up you can sit in the open air part of the bus and capture photos of the monument without having to do much more. The bus tour ...the hop on ...hop off, passes this and gives a small history about this structure marking... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The famous (or infamous) prison, La Bastille, is no longer standing, but the place where it was should be visited for its history. It marks the spot where the French Revolution reached a pinnacle and the patriots destroyed the symbol of oppression by the aristocracy. There is a tall column there today marking the spot. And of course, Bastille Day... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Meh, there is a tall column here that marks the site where the prison used to stand. Today it is a roundabout in Paris. I was expecting a bit more. Once you see the column, you don’t have a reason to come back. You can get here via the Metro. Plenty of eating options in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Bastille itself no longer exists. In its place is a monument, which is very pretty, a traffic circle and an interesting neighborhood. Probably the most intriguing part of the neighborhood is the juxtaposition of the extremely modern opera house across from the older buildings. If not for the monument, it seems like just another neighborhood in a city full... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The zones around Bastille square have small, cosy bars and pubs that can certainly make your Friday or Saturday night worth. There are also great ethnic restaurants around Rue de Charonne that are unmissable - wander freely and you will be surprised.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

It is what it is, a huge monument in the middle of the road, but worth a look given the history. Also if you go down onto the river which is very close by there is a lovely stroll past boats and through a cute little garden with a toy windmill, towards the Natural History Museum site which is a... More 

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Stopped here for a birthday drink and wanted the special which was a milk shake. What, I here you say, that's not exactly a birthday celebration drink. Well it was as expensive as Champaign, so my partner kept pointing out, but the best milk shake on the planet, every ingredient fresh, I had a strawberry shake that was my chosen... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This was ground zero for our Marais walk. The square is a great place to start just make sure you're pointed in the right diresting. It's easy to go the wrong way on the round a bout.

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Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.