Place de la Bastille

The Place de la Bastille is one of the most famous squares in Paris. It is located in the 11th arrondissement and has a rich and eventful history. This square is the symbol of the French Revolution and the fight for freedom.

The square owes its name to the Bastille prison, which was located on the site of the current Place de la Bastille. The prison was destroyed during the French Revolution in 1789, an event that marked the beginning of the fall of the French monarchy. The square was built on the ruins of the Bastille prison.

The Place de la Bastille is an emblematic place of the struggle for freedom and democracy. It has been the scene of many historical events, including the riots of 1830, which led to the fall of King Charles X and the advent of Louis-Philippe, King of the French. The square was also the starting point of the Parisians' revolt during the Paris Commune in 1871, an attempt to create a revolutionary government in the city.

In the center of the square is the July Column, a monument erected in honor of the victims of the 1830 riots. The column is 52 meters high and is topped by a winged genie symbolizing freedom. The column is surrounded by a fountain, which is particularly impressive at night when the lights of the city are reflected on the water.

Finally, the Place de la Bastille is a gathering place for Parisians during major events. It has been the site of many political and cultural gatherings, as well as concerts and sporting events. Celebrations of July 14, the French national holiday, often begin with a parade through the square.

In conclusion, the Place de la Bastille is an emblematic place in Paris, known for its history, its architecture and its lively atmosphere. It is a symbol of the struggle for freedom and democracy, as well as of the Parisian alternative culture.

Whether for a stay or simply for a weekend in Paris, our hotels located near the Place de la Nation, the Gare de Lyon, the Gare de l'Est and the Louvre give you quick access to the Place de la Bastille.

Place de la Bastillespecial selection of our hotels


  • From 77 Timhotel Paris Gare de Lyon

    Hotel 5 minutes from Gare de Lyon

    Discover our 3-star hotel, ideally nestled in a quiet street just 350 metres from the Gare de Lyon, a 5-minute walk away. Our location offers a peaceful atmosphere while being strategically positioned close to Paris' must-see points of...

    5 minutes from Gare de Lyon

  • From 65 Timhotel Nation

    Hotel with small garden in the 20th arrondissement

    Located just 2 minutes from Place de la Nation, our 3-star hotel offers you the opportunity to visit Paris easily, away from the hustle and bustle: four metro lines and one RER line are available. Disneyland Paris®, for example, is just as...

    Courtyard terrace with flowers

  • From 129 Timhotel Le Louvre

    3-star hotel in the centre of Paris

    Stay at our 3-star hotel in the centre of Paris, offering an unrivalled experience. Less than 5 minutes from the renowned Louvre Museum, our privileged location opens the door to a magical moment in the City of Light. Surrounded by iconic...

    300 metres from the Louvre Museum