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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 opera is a bit modern. I attended a french opera. It was great. The good thing about it is that there are french and english lyrics on the top of stage. Also, there are... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

This was on my list of things-to-see. Looked for about about 3 minutes, took a photo, and then moved on. No need to go out of your way for this, but check it out if you are in the area. Incredible to ponder this history of the site.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The opera is a bit modern. I attended a french opera. It was great. The good thing about it is that there are french and english lyrics on the top of stage. Also, there are reduced prices for youth less than 28 years old. Make sure you book in advance though because tickets finish up quickly.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

if you are a history loving guy , do visit here otherwise you can skip it , need not to worry if you don't go there.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

There's really not much to do at the Place de la Bastille. You can take some pictures of the monument, and possibly make it over to the Canal Saint Martin, which is close by. Aside from that, we literally just stopped for a few minutes, took a picture than moved on.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Got off the bus near Bastille to go to the Harley Davidson store and walked down the street to see it. As everybody points out, it's a monument in the middle of a busy intersection. If you happen to be passing by, it's worth a quick stop, but don't go out of you way to see it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

In the East of Paris, this square in a very lively center. The square is surrounded with cafes and not so elegant b building; the worst of all is the Opera Bastille. But it is a part of Paris worth seeing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Place de la Bastille stands at the location of the infamous Bastille prison fort, where the French Revolution began. The prison was destroyed and its empty site became a square in 1792 to celebrate liberty. The July Column that stands in the square's center, however, went up in 1840 to commemorate the overthrow of Charles X in July 1830. Today,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Not just a beautiful monument to the past, Place de La Bastille is a great example of how passionate Parisians are about their present and future. The monument is still covered in remnants of the public events that followed the tragic shooting of French journalists at the beginning of 2015 by extremists. Definitely a sobering reminder that freedoms are still... More 

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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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