In context : Strolling through the courtyards of Bastille
(From : Square Henri-Galli). Follow Morland boulevard, pass by the Pavillon de l'Arsenal and the library of the same name, then turn left into Schomberg street then Mornay street in the continuity, up to the marina of the Arsenal. Then follow the embankment of the Canal Saint-Martin until the Place de la Bastille.
Conceived by Uruguayan-Canadian architect Carlos Ott, and inaugurated in 1989, the building forms, along with the Garnier Opera in the 2nd district, the Opéra de Paris. It was build at the location of the former Paris-Bastille Railway Station, closed in1969.
If the building is aesthetically enticing , it suffered from major construction flaws that has been, and continue to be, slowly corrected over the years.
- The Genius of Bastille - At the center of the Place de la Bastille is the July Column, built between 1835 and 1840 to commemorate the "Trois Glorieuses" (3 days that saw the fall of King Charles X) and inspired by the Trajan Column in Rome. At the top of the Column of July stands a bronze sculpture, from Auguste Dumont, called "The Genius of Liberty", often nicknamed "The Genius of Bastille" (French : "Le génie de la Bastille").