The storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789 is considered the beginning of the French Revolution.
The Bastille was built as the Bastion de Saint-Antoine during the Hundred Years'' War. After the war, it was reused as a state prison. It largely held common criminals as well as people imprisoned for religious reasons and those responsible for printing or writing forbidden pamphlets. People of high rank were sometimes held there too. But the secrecy maintained around the Bastille and its prisoners gave it a sinister reputation.
The confrontation that led to the people of Paris storming the Bastille on 14 July 1789 resulted from the fact that gunpowder and arms had been stored there, and the people demanded access to these.
The French national holiday, celebrated annually on 14 July is officially the Fête Nationale, and officially commemorates the Fête de la Fédération, is also known as Bastille Day.
1 Rue De La Bastille