It played an important role in the internal conflicts of France and for most of its history was used as a state prison by the kings of France. It was stormed by a crowd on 14 July , in the French Revolution , becoming an important symbol for the French Republican movement. It was later demolished and replaced by the Place de la Bastille. The Bastille was built to defend the eastern approach to the city of Paris from potential English attacks during the Hundred Years' War. It was starting to be built in , but the main construction occurred from onwards, creating a strong fortress with eight towers that protected the strategic gateway of the Porte Saint-Antoine on the eastern edge of Paris. The innovative design proved influential in both France and England and was widely copied. The Bastille figured prominently in France's domestic conflicts, including the fighting between the rival factions of the Burgundians and the Armagnacs in the 15th century, and the Wars of Religion in the 16th.
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Parisian revolutionaries and mutinous troops storm and dismantle the Bastille , a royal fortress and prison that had come to symbolize the tyranny of the Bourbon monarchs. This dramatic action signaled the beginning of the French Revolution , a decade of political turmoil and terror in which King Louis XVI was overthrown and tens of thousands of people, including the king and his wife Marie Antoinette , were executed. By the summer of , France was moving quickly toward revolution. On July 12, royal authorities transferred barrels of gunpowder to the Bastille, and Launay brought his men into the massive fortress and raised its two drawbridges. At dawn on July 14, a great crowd armed with muskets, swords, and various makeshift weapons began to gather around the Bastille. Upon arriving at the Hotel de Ville, where Launay was to be arrested and tried by a revolutionary council, he was instead pulled away by a mob and murdered. The capture of the Bastille symbolized the end of the ancien regime and provided the French revolutionary cause with an irresistible momentum. In , the monarchy was abolished and Louis and his wife Marie-Antoinette were sent to the guillotine for treason in But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us!
The group began as a solo project by lead vocalist Dan Smith , but later expanded to include keyboardist Kyle Simmons, bassist and guitarist Will Farquarson and drummer Chris "Woody" Wood. After an independently released debut single and a self-released EP, the band signed to Virgin Records. The band was nominated for four Brit Awards at the ceremony , winning the British Breakthrough Act. Bastille debuted in July with their limited edition 7" single that featured the two tracks "Flaws" and "Icarus". Baker started to support Bastille on air, and the band began to find an audience. They released the EP Laura Palmer themselves later in