Stones from walls of demolished Bastille prison became souvenirs

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Stones from walls of demolished Bastille prison became souvenirs Bastille was a fortress in Paris. It had eight towers linked by walls and surrounded by a moat. It occupied an important place in French history because of being a state prison. During the reign of the Bourbons it symbolized royalist tyranny.

In the beginning of the French Revolution, the Bastille was sacked by horde of citizens and demolished. The stones of the fortress were also used to build the Pont de la Concorde in Paris. In addition, cunning businessman Pierre-Francois Palloy self-named as Palloy the Patriot, assigned the stones and sold off pieces as souvenirs which got popularity among supporters of the revolution.

Bastille is not only building, whose stones became souvenirs. 200 years later, in the end of XX century, fragments of the Berlin Wall was sold as souvenirs.

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