Napoléon’s Elephant

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.



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