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Place de la Bastille in Paris France

Place de la Bastille Square

The Place de la Bastille is a square in Paris, where the Bastille prison stood until the 'Storming of the Bastille' and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution and there is no vestige of it remaining.

The Bastille square straddles 3 arrondissements of Paris, which are the 4th, 11th and 12th along with the square, and the surrounding areas are normally simply called the Bastille.

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Place de la Bastille in Paris France

The July Column, known in French as Colonne de Juillet, which commemorates the events of the July Revolution of 1830 stands at the centre of the square.

Other notable features include the Bastille Opera, the Bastille subway station and a section of the Canal Saint Martin.  But prior to 1984, the former Bastille railway station stood where the opera house now stands.

The square is often home to concerts and similar events and the North Eastern area of Bastille is busy at night due to it numerous bars, cafes, nightclubs, and concert halls.

Yet the square is often used for political demonstrations, including the massive anti-CPE demonstration of March 28, 2006 due to its historical significance.

The large ditch, known as 'fosse' in French, which was behind the fort has been transformed into a marina for pleasure boats, with the Bassin de l'Arsenal, to the South and a covered canal, the Canal Saint Martin, extending North from the marina beneath the vehicular roundabout that borders the location of the fort for some great boating holidays.

Some remains of one tower of the fort were discovered during excavation for the Metro rail system in 1899, and were moved to a park a few hundred metres away, where they are still on display today.

In the form of special paving stones, the original outline of the Bastille fort is also marked on the pavement of streets and sidewalks that pass over its former location.

A cafe and some other businesses largely occupy the location of the fort, and the rue Saint Antoine passes directly over it as it opens onto the roundabout of the Bastille.

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