Bastille Day: The National Day of the French Republic

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Bastille Day: The National Day of the French Republic

The storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789 by thousands of French Revolutionaries has been celebrated annually since 1790. The iconic fortress and gaol was built in the 14th century during The

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The storming of the Bastille on the 14th July 1789 by thousands of French Revolutionaries has been celebrated annually since 1790. The iconic fortress and gaol was built in the 14th century during The Hundred Years War to protect Paris from English invaders. Its 25 metre high walls towered over Parisians. Those who dared to challenge the repressive autocratic rule of the Bourbon Kings Louis XIV, XV and XVI were imprisoned in the mediaeval fortress. Only seven prisoners were in the Bastille when it was besieged in 1789 and later destroyed, but its symbolic significance as a stirring image for the emergence of the new French Republic far outweighed the number of prisoners set free in the first year of the French Revolution.