Once the Bastille was built as part of the Parisian defense. Soon it became a symbol of suppression.
In Medieval times Paris was already a place of riots. King Charles V gave order to build the castle ‘la Bastille’ to keep himself and the city of Paris safe. During the 100 Years’ War with England Paris revolted and wanted to demolish the system of noblemen. Soon Paris was back in hands of the King. The Bastile became a State Prison.
During the French Revolution the Bastille was a hotspot. People stormed it and released the political prisoners. The building was torn down during the French Revolution, but up to this day the Place de la Bastille remains an important historical place, where people overcame suppression. However, besides all protests, it is currently also a tourist spot with markets, pleasure boats and visitors of the Opéra Bastille.