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Place de la Bastille

Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #255 of 692 attractions in Paris
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Activities: Inline skating
Description: This public square is situated around the remains of the famous Bastille prison.
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Worth visiting to try and imagine what it must have been like at the time of the French Revolution. Take the time to soak up the atmosphere.

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Uckfield, UK
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

This is not much if you are just looking at it as a monument. However, if you know the history behind it, you can use your imagination and picture the events that it represents. It would not have been worth a solo visit for me, but my husband loved it (he's a lover of history).

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Toronto, Canada
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78 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The area of the Bastille is now a square of shops, buildings and restaurants. The July Column stands in the center as a tribute to the July Revolution. If in the area, it's an interesting piece of history to visit, but if your time is limited, it could be missed. It's at the Bastille metro and isn't a far walk... More

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Durres, Albania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

There is a problem when you ask people if they are parisians or not because of the pentagone and it's neighbours. If you want to meet real parisian and young people this is the place to be.

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Ottawa Valley, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

as with the majority of contemporary buildings in Paris, the new opera does not work well with the rest of the square.

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Austin, Texas
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

It is the approximate location of the Bastille prison, infamous from the French revolution. A flea market, restaurants and shops are nearby. During a walk this way last year, I came across a mass political meeting which was memorable in size and sound. Normally this is just a short stop if you take a pleasant walk in this direction, from... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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295 reviews 295 reviews
166 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Site of the famous Bastille Prison/Fort that was destroyed at the time of the Revolution and now a very busy Junction where a number of roads meet. In the centre is a column celebrating the Storming of the Prison. The area is very vibrant with many cafes and restaurants plus the modern Opera House which dominates the scene. On Thursdays... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

We walked down to this area to have a look around. It is quite an amazing area with lots of restaurants and shops.

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I was going to Place des Vosges in my way i glance this statues so i decide to get closer to discover i really get shocked once i red the name, and really inspired by the revaluation spirit, but i recommend this area,as it was a very active, full of life many coffee shops, shops wonderful for walking

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Though la Bastille is long gone, you can still come to the place where it stood and where so much French history unfolded. Traffic is just awful, so be really careful. While you're out this way, there are many cafes and other nice places to grab a bite to eat. Other great sights are close-by, like la Place des Vosges... More

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