Tribute to Revolutionaries gets revamp

The Colonne de Juillet stands in Place de la Bastille and is engraved with the names of those who died in the July 1830 Revolution

Jane Hanks looks at Place de la Bastille’s iconic homage to freedom fighters

A monument on one of the most iconic sites in France will be opened to the public this spring after a two-year restoration programme. The Colonne de Juillet is on the site of the Bastille prison, Place de la Bastille in Paris, the starting point of the French Revolution when the Royal prison was stormed by a crowd on July 14, 1789. The bodies of nearly 700 revolutionaries are buried there.

 

However, they do not come from the first French Revolution but from two later ones. 500 are from the Trois Glorieuses which took place in July 27-29 1830, hence the name “Colonne de ...

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