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Place de la Bastille
The Bastille, a 14th-century fortress built to protect the city gates, is the most famous Parisian monument that no longer exists. Nothing remains of the prison it became under Cardinal Richelieu, which was mobbed on 14 July 1789, igniting the French Revolution. Today it's a skirmishly busy roundabout, with flying traffic around the 52m-high Colonne de Juillet in its centre. The unmissable green-bronze column is topped by a gilded, winged Liberty, and revolutionaries from the uprising of 1830 are buried beneath.