#72 The Bastille
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Bastille was located on the east side of Paris and was
used as a French state prison in the 17th and 18th
centuries. In the opening days of the French Revolution,
a Parisian mob stormed and captured the fortress. The
fortress was demolished on order of the Revolutionary
Government. July 14th is still known as Bastille Day and
is celebrated as the French Independance Day.
was begun on April 22, 1370, on the orders of Charles V
of France. The original intent was as a bastide or
fortification to protect his wall around Paris from the
English. At first it was merely a fortified gate, but
Charles VI walled up the openings and turned it into a
stronghold. The bastion was completed in 1557 and in the
17th century the inner court was divided into unequal
parts by a transverse block.
Notes for this layout are also available.
of the Lego Model
Built November 1999
Mob Storming the Castle
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