A stronghold, built in the 14 century and surrounded by moats, had been turned into a fearsome prison for all people and all crimes. The day of its destruction (July 14th, 1789) is the most celebrated holiday in France. Currently, the square is still called Place de la Bastille, and the outlines of the Bastille walls are still marked on it. The centre of the square is occupied by the July Column, under which the Parisians who perished in the revolution of 1830 and 1848 are buried. In the 1989, the OpГ©ra Bastille was built on the square.