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“Colonne de Juillet - Memorial to the Revolution of 1830”
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July Column
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Owner description: This monument was built in the mid-19th century on the site where the Bastille prison used to stand to serve as an inspiration for oppressed people throughout the world.
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“Colonne de Juillet - Memorial to the Revolution of 1830”
Reviewed 15 December 2013

The Colonne de Juillet (July Column) is located in the middle of a roundabout at the Place de la Bastille, the former location of the famed Bastille Prison. The column was built between 1835-1840 and is just over 50 meters tall.

You can see the a gilded figure known as the 'Genius of Liberty' topping the column. Otherwise, it is not a particularly decorative attraction. However, it does have important historical relevance as it serves to commemorate the Revolution of 1830 and to act as a memorial to those who died, many violently, during the Three Glorious Days (27-29 July 1830) which led to the fall of King Charles X of France.

Overall, a memorial that will likely be of interest to those with a keen interest in French history. To others, might be best to have a quick look if you happen to be in this area of The Marais district during your time in Paris.

Note: Traffic is quite busy around the column but you can see nice views of the structure and the 'Genius of Liberty' from a slight distance away from the traffic.

The attraction is easily accessible from the Bastille Metro station and is nearby to the L'Opéra Bastille and Marché Bastille (Bastille Market), which many consider to be one of Paris' best open-air marketplaces.

Visited December 2013
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“it's a column!”
Reviewed 10 June 2012

Place Bastille is where the infamous prison once stood with only a plaque on a wall remaining. the Colonn Juillet was built to commemorate the July revolution of 1830.It's an imposing column in the middle of a sea of traffic with a gold statueon top and that's it. Very close is the modern but ugly Bastille Opera. also close is the marina Bassin de l'Arsenal, well worth a visit

Visited May 2012
Thank Adrian H
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