and Place de la Bastille
Hôtel de Ville, the city hall, is in my opinion one of Paris most beautiful
buildings and is highly underrated. There is a square with beautiful fountains
in front of it, that once was the place for executions.
It burned down in the 17th century, but was reconstructed and was reconstructed
and modernised in the 19th century as the current building.
Walking towards Place de la Bastille and the new opera house in the Marais district
in the early evening.
Place de la Bastille. Several heavily trafficated streets and boulevards
are meeting here today, but it was under the revolution the place for executions.
La Bastille was a prison that 14th of July 1789 was stormed in the French revolution.
Nothing is left of the prison today, but 14th of July is now the annual the
The sunset sky looked like a painting over Place de la Bastille. The 52m high
colon, called Colonne de Juliet, is a memory of those who died in the street
fights in 1830 that lead to the fall of the king. There is a crypt with remains
of the 504 victims.
View from Place de la Bastille: The skyline of the residential highrise complex
Les Olympiades in the 13th arrondissement, where each tower is named after a
city that has hosted the Olympics.
Opéra de Paris Bastille. The modern face of this historic place, one of my favourite
modern Paris buildings. It was opened in 14th of July 1989, on the 200 years
anniversary of the fall of La Bastille. Drawn by Carlos Otts, it is a big contrast
to the old opera house with its modern curved glass exterior.
The new opera contains 2700 persons and has movable stages.
Place de la Bastille is connecting central Paris with the east faubourgs, the
working class districts.
We sat a long time on the stairs of the opera before it was getting dark. The
district around the new opera is called Marais.
The Marais district has many open-air restaurants and cafés.