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Place de la Bastille

Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #318 of 755 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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Toronto, Canada
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363 reviews 363 reviews
118 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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749 reviews 749 reviews
410 attraction reviews
389 helpful votes 389 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
50 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
15 reviews 15 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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349 reviews 349 reviews
293 attraction reviews
270 helpful votes 270 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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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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136 reviews 136 reviews
36 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If renting an apartment, this 'marche' is the perfect place to pick up fresh fruits, veggies, you name it... Go around 8am. Souvenirs for tourists as well.

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El Paso, Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I was kind of disappointed. We took a long metro ride and was kind of exited to see the place where the French revolution got started but the lone monument does not do justice to what really happened here. See all the other sites, and unless you have seen everything else and/or are a French History buff, I would skip... More

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