Happy Bastille Day

Bastille Day is on the 14th of July and Celebrates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789. The medieval fortress and prison known as the Bastille represented royal authority in the center of Paris. The prison only contained seven inmates at the time of its storming but was a symbol of the abuses of the monarchy: its fall was the flashpoint of the French Revolution. France was suffering a financial crisis by 1789, partly resulting from the heavy cost of the assistance it gave to the American Revolution. Click the images below to enlarge them.

Jean-Pierre Houël - Bibliothèque nationale de France

Jean-Pierre Houël – Bibliothèque nationale de France

The French celebrate Bastille day with fireworks, much as Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July.

Celebration of Bastille Day 2011

Celebration of Bastille Day 2011

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