Bastille and French Revolution

Bastille Metro station boasts a superb thematic decoration.

Bastille Metro station - La Constitution
La Constitution

Contemporary artists indeed excel at giving us an idyllic image of the French Revolution!

This major event freed the people from an authoritarian royal regime, however, at the cost of too many unnecessary tragic deaths!

Everyone knows that the French celebrate Bastille Day on July 14 to commemorate the start of the revolution.

The old Bastille Fortress, symbol of royal power, was seized on July 1789 and demolished stone by stone.

The vast Place de la Bastille was developed on its site and the July Column erected in its centre to commemorate the revolutions of the 19th century.

Bastille Metro station - The baker and the revolutionaries
The baker and the revolutionaries

Paris Metropolitain – Line 1

Bastille Metro station
Bastille Metro station

The first lines of the Paris Metropolitain were built in the early 20th century.

Bastille Metro station was inaugurated on July 19, 1900 for the opening of Line 1, which linked Porte de Vincennes to Porte Maillot.

The foundations of the old fortress were discovered during extension works of Line 5 on December 17, 1906.

Yellow lines were then traced on the ground in order to highlight its layout.

Three Metro lines today run under Bastille station; two are underground, but Line 1 (Château de VincennesEsplanade de la Défense) is fully automated and its platforms are in the open-air.

Bastille Metro station murals

Bastille Metro station
Bastille Metro station

The ceramists Liliane Belembert and Odile Jacquot decorated these open-air platforms in 1989 in order to commemorate the bicentenary of French Revolution.

The decorative ceramic tiles depict allegorical scenes and highlights of the Revolution.

They represent men and women who took part in the event and laid the basis and principles of the French Republic.

There is no gold, but a mix of rich and cheerful colours that stand against a straw-yellow background.

Bastille Metro station is a Must See when visiting Paris!

Directions: 12th/4th District
Metro: Bastille Line 1
Coordinates: Lat 48.853082 – Long 2.369002

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