The Bastille district has a special meaning for the French people. Bastille is a symbol of the French revolution. It is here that a notorious fortress prison was destroyed. Since then the Bastille area has been one the most historic places in France.
Today the spot of the prison is a large roundabout with the Colonne de Juillet in the center. A golden statue of Liberté is on the top of the Colonne to remind about the main French values. The place is closely associated to the concept of liberty and human rights. Quite often people come here for mass demonstrations.
Apart from its political image, the Bastille area is also considered to be a cool and fun place to spend time, especially for young people. This is one of the best student vibrant spots in the city. The Bastille arrondissement is known for its good and affordable restaurants, bars, alternative and bobo boutiques, private art galleries and DJ record shops.