The BBC reports on new artifacts on display from the historic and notorious Bastille prison that was the focus point for the storming of the Bastille at the heart of the French revolution on July 14, 1789. Excerpts below. Video available on the link.
To learn more about the exhibition, click here (in French).
It is called La Bastille ou l’enfer des vivants (“The Bastille or the living hell”) and is open from now until February 11, 2011 at the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal.
Free visits Tuesday thru Sunday, noon to 7pm, and guided visits (3€) every Thursday at 3pm (registration required, +33 (0)1 53 79 49 49).
25 November 2010 Last updated at 06:46 GMT Help
More than 300 years after it was stormed by a furious mob, the Bastille prison in Paris still holds a special place in the heart of many French people.
Anger and resentment at the rule of King Louis XVI prompted the revolutionaries to invade the jail on 14 July 1789.
It was the start of the French revolution and is still celebrated as the birth of the republic.
A new exhibition has opened in Paris close to where the Bastille once stood, revealing some of the prison’s secrets.
The BBC’s Christian Fraser reports.