The Column in the middle of the Place de la Bastille honors the Revolution of 1830, 3 glorious days that saw the fall of Charles X. The column is engraved with the names of Parisians who died during this revolution. At the top of the column (154 feet, 47 meters) is the "spirit of liberty"(Génie de la Liberté ) by August Dumont.
Giving straght onto the place de la Bastille in its north-east corner the Cour Damoye is lined with artists workshops, ceramic shops, french polishers and art galleries. Strange that a lot of these old courtyards seem to cut the noise once through the entrance, the traffic of the place is at best described as horrendous.
Bastille is the closest metro.
I have found this small and colorful Sunday market in Place de la Concorde and I really enjoyed the walk through the stands full of fresh fruits, vegetables or sea fruits.
It was our last day in Paris and we couldn’t buy anything but I think that for the ones living in the neighborhood it is a good place for shopping.
For those of you who have been to the Musee Carnavalet, this is no useful "off the beaten path" tip. For the others, you have probably heard of the "Place de La Bastille" in Paris. What you maybe don't know is that the storming of the Bastille is considered, in France, as the "peak" or the most symbolic event of the French Revolution (it happened on the 14th of July 1789). But, right now, if you go on the "Place de La Bastille", you will only see a huge column on the middle of a rounadabout. So, what was the Bastille ? Actually, it was a prison. When it was invaded by people looking for weapons in 1789, there was not many prisoners inside. But, the place was already a symbol of the power of the King, or one of its darkest expressions, as he could issue a "lettre de cachet" what meant that he could arbitrary send anyone to prison, without giving any reason for that. The storming was consequently the clearest act of rebellion against the King. The prison itself was destructed many years after the revolution. The symbol has stayed alive...
On the edge of the Marais at Place de la Bastille is the site of the fortress and prison which was stormed at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Like many others, on my first trip to Paris I was unaware that it had been demolished by the peasants who freed the prisoners and beheaded a few officials. However, now in this huge round intersection is a beautiful monument erected to commemorate later revolutions. It is topped by a gilded winged Mercury with a torch of freedom. Some of the foundation stones and some good and colorful art related to the Revolution can be seen in the Bastille Metro station here.
We were just a few meters away from our hotel, and we went out a few nights around here. I had been told is not a bad area to live around.
At the Bastille began the revolution
This is July column