The Storming of the Bastille

On July 14, 1789, the Bastille, a royal fortress in Paris, was stormed and dismantled by a Parisian armed mob who released the handful of prisoners held there after a bloody round of firing.

Parisian rebels have seized weapons (28.000 guns and 20 rifles) from the Armory at the Invalids and then descended on the Bastille to free the prisoners. Constructed in the 14th century, the Bastille was used as a state prison. It symbolized the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. The Storming of the Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution and the end of a long reign of terror, power abuse and injustice.

King Louis XVI was overthrown, 1000 people were sent to the guillotine and the Bastille was demolished.

Today, the 14th of July is celebrated as a national holiday in France representing the defeat of the monarch regime by the conquest of the last royal bastion in Paris and the birth of a new era marked by the governmental French constitution.

The Fête de la Fédération is celebrated in France with great pomp the first Anniversary of the insurrection.