Place de la Bastille

Place de la Bastille - 75004 Paris

The famous Colonne de Juillet, located in the centre of the Place de la Bastille, reopened to visitors in October 2021 (visit of the lower parts of the monument; guided tour only and only on weekends).

The 3D Timecope terminal (located on the corner of boulevard Richard Lenoir) makes for a unique experience. It has a 360° view, its height can be adjusted for the user and plunges them into the Place de la Bastille as it was in 1446! Price: €2. More information at - Email: [email protected] - Telephone: +33 (0) 6 80 12 89 26.i

In the centre of the square, the famous "Génie de la Liberté" (Spirit of Freedom) commemorates the revolution of 1830, but is well known for the 1789 revolution. At the time, the square was occupied by the Bastille Prison, which was a symbol of absolute power in the Ancien Régime. After the prison was destroyed after the revolution, nothing remained. Today, the square plays host to large cultural events such as concerts, fairs and citizen events, and has many bars and restaurants close by on Rue de la Roquette for nightowls to frequent. The square is also the starting point for a stroll on the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, where you can discover courses and picturesque passages: Passage du Chantier, Cour de l'Etoile d'Or, Cour des Trois Frères... the iconic landmark of the district is the Opéra. Designed by architect Carlos Ott, this marvel of modern architecture with transparent facades was inaugurated on the day of the bicentenary of the French Revolution. It is possible, during the day to visit the the public areas, including the auditorium with exceptional acoustics and behind-the-scenes.


Place de la Bastille
75004 Paris
Public transportation
202965Bastille - Beaumarchais
8687Bastille - Rue Saint-Antoine