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France. Ile-de-france Department. Paris. Bastille place. Tables and chairs covered by snow on the terrace of a cafe restaurant. Winter season. The Place de la Bastille is a square where the Bastille prison stood until the 'Storming of the Bastille' and its subsequent physical destruction between 14 July 1789 and 14 July 1790 during the French Revolution. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille. The July Column (Colonne de Juillet) which commemorates the events of the July Revolution (1830) stands at the center of the square.23.02.05 © 2005 Didier Ruef