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Place de la Bastille

Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #349 of 790 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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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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399 reviews 399 reviews
139 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
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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United Kingdom
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929 reviews 929 reviews
663 attraction reviews
1,701 helpful votes 1,701 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Having studied French history i find this place a disappointment. This was the location for the historically important Bastille prison which was destroyed and there is just a monument. I expected something a bit more monumental.

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Paris, France
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773 reviews 773 reviews
418 attraction reviews
423 helpful votes 423 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is really a large round about where a significant amount of traffic flows through making it extremely busy. Not really a place to relax with the noise and traffic but a place to get your bearings.

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San Diego, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
51 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Cool piece of history to see if you're in the area but not really a destination. The street encircles the "obelisk" much like the L'Arc de Triomphe but to my knowledge and what I witnessed there wasn't anyway to get to it except to cross the busy street, not necessarily a good idea. Not really a go to spot although... More

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Seattle, Washington
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The historically significant Bastille prison was destroyed so now there is just a monument in its place.

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Cairo, Egypt
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Hello, This place is good for the diversity of restaurants and cuisines from Italian, french, american to Asian. There is also plenty of night clubs in the small streets beside the place. in front of the place you can find a big theater for big events and plays, I guess everyone can enjoy there.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It's a shame the Bastille is no longer there because the monument in it's place is instantly forgettable and not worth visiting. The area itself is busy and functional so it's not even worth visiting for the surrounding architecture. Ah well, at least it's ticked off the "to do" list.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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358 reviews 358 reviews
301 attraction reviews
365 helpful votes 365 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

This is a very noisy square, since there is a huge roundabout that encompasses the monument of Liberty in the center. The monument itself is rather impressive but I think that it is unfair for it to be placed within such a noisy square. The modern Opera of Paris is situated on the eastern side of Place de la Bastille.... More

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