Place de la Bastille, Paris

Place de la Bastille, Paris

La Bastille, the notorious prison-fortress in Paris, was completely destroyed during the French Revolution. A square, known as Place de la Bastille, was built in its place to commemorate the revolutionary events of 1830 and to celebrate victory of democracy over tyranny. Special paving stones have been used to mark the original site of the fortress. Today, the square regularly hosts musical concerts and other open-air events. Due to its historical importance, the square has been the venue of many political demonstrations over the years, including the massive anti-CPE rally on March 28, 2006.

It is also home of the Bastille Opera, the Bastille subway station, and a section of the Canal Saint Martin. A 24 meter fountain, designed in the shape of an elephant, was once set in the square but removed in 1847. The only monument standing here is the Colonne de Juillet, a column commemorating the three glorious days of July 1830, during which King Louis-Philippe replaced King Charles X. The 52 meter (171 ft) column honors the 504 victims who fell during those three days, and is topped by the gilded statue of the Spirit of Liberty. A modern opera house, known as the Bastille Opera, was opened on July 14, 1989. By far one of the grandest opera buildings in the world, it seats up to 2700 spectators. The architect of the building sharply contrasting the surrounding area was Carlos Ott. His design was voted the best of the 750 entries submitted to an architectural contest. On your tour of Paris, make sure to visit this historic square and enjoy the sights and food in one of the nearby cafes.
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Sight Name: Place de la Bastille
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Hotel-de-Ville Walking Tour   The French Revolution Landmarks Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Paris, France

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

Create Your Own Walk in Paris

Creating your own self-guided walk in Paris is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour II

Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour II

This is part 2 of the 1st arrondissement tour of Paris exploring one of the smallest and oldest districts of the French capital, home to some of Paris's major landmarks, as well as business and administration offices . This itinerary includes Pavillon de Flore, Tuileries Gardens, Musée de l'Orangerie and many other prominent sights.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

Palais-Bourbon Walking Tour

The 7th arrondissement of Paris is the most affluent and prestigious residential area in France, home to the French upper class, plus a number of French national institutions, government offices and diplomatic missions. This neighborhood boasts typically Parisian architecture complete with vibrant cafes, restaurants and gourmet shops which draw foodies in their numbers. Among other attractions on this walk you will visit the Eiffel Tower, Hôtel des Invalides (Napoléon's resting place), Palais-Bourbon, Musée d'Orsay, Musee Rodin, and Musée du quai Branly.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour

Bourse-Opera Attractions Walking Tour

Located on the right bank of the River Seine, the 2nd arrondissement, together with the adjacent 8th and 9th arrondissements, hosts an important business district, centred on the Paris Opéra. The area contains the former Paris Bourse (stock exchange), the Garnier Opera House and the famous Fragonard Perfume Museum.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II

Elysee (8th Arr) Walking Tour II

This is the 2nd part of the 8th arrondissement tour of Paris, exploring one of the busiest districts of the French capital. Among the tourist highlights visited on this walk is the famous Arc de Triomphe, plus a number of museums and historic monuments.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I

Louvre (1st Arr) Walking Tour I

The capital of France is made up of 20 administrative districts, commonly referred to as “arrondissements”. The 1st arrondissement of Paris sits mainly on the right bank of the River Seine and is one of the city's oldest, smallest and least populated areas. It is home to some of Paris's major landmarks, while the remainder of it is taken up by business and administration offices. On this tour you will visit Place du Châtelet, La Conciergerie, Le Palais Royal, Musée du Louvre and many other notable attractions.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour

Pantheon (5th Arr) Walking Tour

The city of Paris is divided into twenty "arrondissements municipaux", administrative districts, more simply referred to as arrondissements. The twenty arrondissements are arranged in the form of a clockwise spiral, starting from the middle of the city, with the first on the Right Bank (north bank) of the Seine. The 5th arrondissement of Paris (also known as "arrondissement du Panthéon") is the oldest arrondissement in Paris, and was first built by the Roman. Take this tour to visit Musée de Cluny, Panthéon, St-Séverin Church and many others.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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