What is inside the Bastille column? Soon, Parisians of a day or of always will finally be able to unveil the mysteries of the July Column. Starting from this Saturday October 23, 2021, the lower parts of the monuments will be open to the public for the first time ever.
Stained-glass windows, ironworks, decors, this Parisian monument have been under renovation works for the upcoming opening. The renovations have been carried out by the Centre des monuments nationaux and started in October 2016 and until spring 2018 to give the former splendor to the building symbolizing the Parisian heritage.
It has been 180 years that the July Column is standing at the Place de la Bastille. But what does it symbolize? Unlike what we can think, it’s not here to symbolize the storming of the Bastille, but to commemorate the “Trois Glorieuses”, the three glorious days, the second French revolution in 1830. By the way, a plaque at the bottom of the column reads:
« À la gloire des citoyens français qui s'armèrent et combattirent pour la défense des libertés publiques dans les mémorables journées des 27, 28, 29 juillet 1830 »
[To the glory of the French citizens who armed themselves and fought for the defense of public liberties during the memorable days of July 27, 28, 29, 1830.]
So, all along this bronze column, we can read the names of the victims fallen on these revolution days. The monument is standing on a necropolis where rest the remains of the revolutionaries fallen during the Three Glorious.
Now, you can discover the necropolis of the Colonne de Juillet thanks to guided tours and lectures limited to 18 visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must book on the Centre des Monuments Nationaux website ahead, the tour costs €13 and allow about 90 minutes for the visit.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 23 October 2021
Colonne de Juillet
Pl. de la Bastille
75004 Paris 4
Métro Bastille (lignes 1, 5 et 8)
1 h 30 min