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Place de la Bastille

Paris, France (Hôtel-de-Ville)
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Ranked #272 of 735 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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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

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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275 attraction reviews
202 helpful votes 202 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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134 reviews 134 reviews
36 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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Mission, Texas
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108 reviews 108 reviews
39 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We had fun walking in this area. There are many cute shops, gourmet coffee shops. There was 1 thrift store (kilo store) that we found interesting stuff.

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Belgrade, Serbia
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230 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

One day during my stay in Paris, I decided to go toward the famous Place of 14 juillet or more known among the people as the Place de la Bastille. I just have had to take downward direction by my nice and large Boulevard de Magenta, first to the Place de la Republique and after this also renown Place, by... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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42 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Though the focus of the 1789 Revolution, there is little to see these days. There is the monument but the prison was burned and destroyed. During the Mitterand era, the new Opera House was built. A concrete structure without much beauty outside. Whenever I come here it is purely to go to the restaurant Bofinger which is in one of... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Worth visiting to try and imagine what it must have been like at the time of the French Revolution. Take the time to soak up the atmosphere.

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Uckfield, UK
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237 reviews 237 reviews
111 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

This is not much if you are just looking at it as a monument. However, if you know the history behind it, you can use your imagination and picture the events that it represents. It would not have been worth a solo visit for me, but my husband loved it (he's a lover of history).

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Toronto, Canada
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The area of the Bastille is now a square of shops, buildings and restaurants. The July Column stands in the center as a tribute to the July Revolution. If in the area, it's an interesting piece of history to visit, but if your time is limited, it could be missed. It's at the Bastille metro and isn't a far walk... More

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