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Place de la Bastille

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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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Nice for a 2 minute stop

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Best way to see this is on a bus tour...even this time of year if you bundle up you can sit in the open air part of the bus and capture photos of the monument without having to do much more. The bus tour ...the hop on ...hop off, passes this and gives a small history about this structure marking... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The famous (or infamous) prison, La Bastille, is no longer standing, but the place where it was should be visited for its history. It marks the spot where the French Revolution reached a pinnacle and the patriots destroyed the symbol of oppression by the aristocracy. There is a tall column there today marking the spot. And of course, Bastille Day... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Meh, there is a tall column here that marks the site where the prison used to stand. Today it is a roundabout in Paris. I was expecting a bit more. Once you see the column, you don’t have a reason to come back. You can get here via the Metro. Plenty of eating options in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

The Bastille itself no longer exists. In its place is a monument, which is very pretty, a traffic circle and an interesting neighborhood. Probably the most intriguing part of the neighborhood is the juxtaposition of the extremely modern opera house across from the older buildings. If not for the monument, it seems like just another neighborhood in a city full... More 

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Le Marais
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.