La Colonne de Juillet – July Column for us anglophones – stands in the centre of Place de la Bastille and commemorates the defense of civil liberties by citizens, specifically the events of the 1830 July Revolution.
Measuring in at just over 50 metres, this Corinthian style column is inscribed with the following..
To the glory of French citizens who armed themselves and fought for the defence of public freedoms during the memorable days of the 27th, 28th, 29th July 1830
Underneath the column lay the buried remains of the martyrs who fell during the fighting. Their names are engraved around the column in gold.
The gilded angel that tops the column (‘le Génie de la Liberté’ – or Spirit of Freedom – by Auguste Dumont) is said to hold the torch of civilization and the remains of his broken chains.
I took this photo from a moving bus, and look forward to returning to the area next time I’m in Paris to get a better look.