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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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Ok, if you have other things to do nearby.

Despite the historic aspect of this square, there isn't really anything to see here. It's nice to take note of the fact that the Bastille stood in the middle of this square, but... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This monument to the old Bastille is in the middle of a mish mash of roads. Its central to many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars where you can experience a welcome break and refreshments before your next venue

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Not as amazing as Place de la Concorde, the Place de la Bastille is, nevertheless, oozing with history and art. The Paris Opera is here, as are restaurants and shops of all descriptions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Place de la Bastille is home to the Opéra Bastille. There are marina for pleasure boats, the Bassin de l'Arsenal, to the south, which is bordered by the Boulevard de la Bastille. There is a tall monument. It is near the Bastille rail station. This is the same place where was th Bastille fort situated. There are many restaurants, cinema... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Despite the historic aspect of this square, there isn't really anything to see here. It's nice to take note of the fact that the Bastille stood in the middle of this square, but don't detour out of your way to see it. If you have other business in the area, then great. Otherwise, don't bother.

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Edegem, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We were not all impressed by the Place de la Bastille. There are much more beautiful places to visit in Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The square is the perfect spot for great people watching. Find a cafe and have a chocolate croissant or a bar and order a pastisse.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a delightful Square or round-a-bout with many shops and the Bastille Metro Station. The tall central column is called the July Column (Colonne de Juillet) and has nothing to do with the Bastille Prison! It celebrates the 1830 July Revolution (Trois Glorieuses) when after 3 days of rioting it caused the downfall of King Charles the Tenth and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I adore this incredible monument. It's so chic. The only bad thing is that it's in the middle of a very busy traffic circle, but it's worth stopping by to snap some pix! The Place de la Bastille is where the Bastille prison stood until the 'Storming of the Bastille' and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I usually end up in this area at least once while in Paris. What a great spot to see so many interesting people, enjoy food and drinks as well.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The Bastille is not there. Don't expect to find the infamous jail or even the sense of history. Nice monument. But honestly there are many places in Paris and in France in general where you can see and feel the history.

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Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Paris>  > Le Marais

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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.
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