The Place de la Bastille is located in the 11th district of Paris, not very far from Place de la République. Under Louis XI reign, Bastille was a prison. The ancient fortress of the Bastille used to be located on the square. This state prison was invaded on July 14th 1789 and destroyed by the revolutionaries. During the storming of the Bastille in the XVIII century, Parisian people freed prisoners and today this monument is a symbol of Revolution. Besides this event marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The area is a symbol of French history and remnants of the old fortress can still be seen in the cobblestone of the “Place”, or square. In the centre, around 1860, the July Column was built to mark the overthrowing of the monarchy of Charles X. Mounted on top of the column is a golden sculpture, the “Spirit of Freedom”, commonly known as the “Angel of the Bastille”. The site is not open to the public. Another imposing figure standing on the square is the Bastille Opera, built by the architect Carlo Ott. It was unveiled for the 200th Anniversary of the French Revolution on July 14th 1989: The Bastille Day. The national Bastille Opera as well as the Palais Garnier, are major players on the international opera scene. Bastille also hosts numerous concerts and markets, as well as trade union and political demonstrations. Close to the square, is the charming Port de l’Arsenal for pleasure boats, with its barges, small boats and gardens, which links the River Seine to the Saint-Martin canal. On the other side is the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir. Lined with trees, the Boulevard is often brought to life by a big market along the canal. Over the years this district became one of the most fashionable and famous places in the city. Bastille metro connects with some of the best places of the capital. The night-life here is well-known, thanks to many bars and nightclubs strung between the Rue de Lappe, the Rue de la Roquette and the Faubourg Saint-Antoine.
A unique guided walking tour through the iconic places of the French Revolution: Palais Royal, Place de la Bastille, Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Concorde.
Experience a fascinating 3-hour walking tour through the lively district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Escorted by our professional tour guide, real storyteller, you will discover the dark and the blood-soaked days of the French Revolution.
Visit Paris at your convenience on board the OpenTour Paris bus with an unlimited 1-day pass. Hop on to our open-top tour buses and discover the great monumentsand their history thnaks to pre-recorded commentaries, Audio guides in 10 languages.
Visit Paris with a city tour boarding a panoramic bus. Discover the main neighborhoods and Paris monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Invalides, The Paris city hall and substantially more, with a commentary with individual earphones.
Discover Paris through a Seine cruise and a sightseeing tour in a panoramic bus. Enjoy comments adapted to all and discover the history of the most emblematic monuments such as the Louvre, the Opera, the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel tower, the Invalides…
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Discover the Eiffel tower and enjoy an exceptional view over the rooftops of Paris from the second floor. This offer also includes the discovery of Paris and its main landmarks through a city tour and an audio-guided cruise on the Seine.
Ideal for visiting Paris over two days, at your convenience. Hop on an open-top bus or river boat (Batobus) and discover Paris and its finest monuments. You will be marveled by the beauty of the City of Lights.
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Discover Paris through an audio guided city tour in a panoramic bus. Then, you will see the most famous monuments of Paris through a commented cruise. Finally, you will enjoy a lunch at “58 Tour Eiffel” or in a restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Eiffel Tower.