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Bastille, fortress in Paris built c.1370, destroyed during the French Revolution. It was first used to house political prisoners by Cardinal Richelieu, in the 17th century, but was almost empty by the time of the Revolution. It remained a symbol of oppression, however, and its capture on July 14, 1789, was the first act of the Revolution. Bastille Day, July 14, is a French national holiday.

See also: French Revolution.

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