The Bastille Fortress
During the year 1789, Parisians were up roared with the rule of King Louis XVI. There were food shortages, and hostile tension between the King and his people, which caused a lot of commotion in France. The people were also fuming with the King because of the extremely high taxes. Around 300 Parisians banned together and decide to attack The Bastille, a prison in France at the time. The crowd wanted to take hold of the fortress guns and its ammunition. The governor of the Bastille Marquis de Launay only agreed to surrender if his troops were allowed to leave with no harm done to them. After a long hard battle with the Parisians the guards of the Bastille surrendered. A lot of people were killed that day and many wounded. The angry mob of Parisians filled the streets with rejoice after they finally sieged the Bastille. The seven inmates that were held in the Bastille that day were set free. The attack on the Bastille marked the day of the French Revolution.
The Bastille was built between 1370 and 1383 for the protection of Paris. It was began by Hugh Aubriot under King Charles V. Residing on the eastern side of Paris, the Bastille was constructed of mainly stone. It was a humongous fortress and had eight closely spaced towers that were, 77.1 feet high. Tour du Coin, Tour de la Chapelle, and Tour du Tresor were the names of the first three towers. All eight of the towers were named. Surrounded by a moat, the fortress was also 4 stories in elevation. Each cell in the Bastille was lighted by narrow slits in the outer stone walls. Before 1580 the Bastille had three entrances, but after that it was left with only one entrance. Throughout the Bastille’s lifetime it had a variety of names. It was once called Number 232 and rue Saint-Antoine. It was originally called the Chastel Saint-Antoine. The word Bastille also has different meanings including castle, or stronghold.
Bastille’s main purpose was for protection against enemies... [continues]
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