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Outlining the Bastille

Have you ever crossed Place de la Bastille and wondered where the hell the old Bastille prison actually stood? Well if you're on the right side (Rivoli street side that is), just look down on the ground and you shall notice the old tracing of the infamous prison demolished in 1789.

The markings are made on the cobblestoned street itself and some on the sidewalks.
Can you see one of the Bastille's round corner towers on this pic?

The Bastille was built as the Bastion de Saint-Antoine during the Hundred Years' War. The Bastille originated as the Saint-Antoine gate, but in the 1370s the gate was extended to create a fortress to defend the east end of Paris from frequent invasions.

On Googlemaps the tracing is very visible, but I recolored the marked parts in yellow for you history freaks. Notice that the main entrance is pointing straight onto the column in the center of the Place.

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6 Responses to “Outlining the Bastille”

  1. # Blogger Ténèbres à la lumière...

    Bonjour! Cedric,
    The information about "The Bastille" which you said, "Was built as the Bastion de Saint-Antoine during the Hundred Years'War." is very interesting!...Wow!...the Googlemaps is very helpful too!...I love the (H)istory and the great beauty that is France!(Paris) (Just looking at the photograph(s) (That you have posted)is/are a testament to the "beauty" of France!(Paris)

    Merci! Beaucoup!
    DarkCityDame ;-)  

  2. # Blogger Fiona

    Hey - that's great. Thanks. I'm going to email the link to a professor of French history at USC.

    In such an old city, it's fascinating to overlay the old onto the new.  

  3. # Blogger Adam Tramantano

    Really wonderful!! Awesome!!
    Brings the whole history of the era into perspective--and sheds some light on a Tale of Two Cities. I was in Bastille once--I had a nice experience there--a creme Brulee at midnight.

    thanks for posting this.  

  4. # Blogger Mom in High Heels

    Wow! I've been there and seen the lines, but did not know what they were. Thanks for telling us. I love how you highlight random things (aside from toilets) on your blog and give out really interesting information.  

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  6. # Blogger Iv Libahrt

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