Taking of the Bastille

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On July 14, 1789, a revolutionary crowd stormed the Bastille, as this contemporary painting shows. Both a fortress and a prison, the Bastille housed valuable gunpowder (which the crowd seized) and prisoners (whom they freed). They also beheaded some royal officials. An early victory, the Bastille became an important symbol of the French Revolution.

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