Location: Place de la Bastille
Metro stop: Bastille
Notes: The former site of the infamous Bastille fortress was commandeered by Napoléon Bonaparte to house an enormous elephant statue as a monument to imperial glory. The elephant remained half-finished after his fall, gradually falling into further and further disrepair, until Louis-Philippe decided in the 1830s to replace it with the July Column, a monument to the revolution that put him on the throne. The Place de la Bastille is at the end of the Marais walk, if you’re interested in exploring nearby locations.