Saturday, July 14, 2012

Bastille Day

Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!

Referred to as Bastille Day in English, Quatorze Juillet is a the French national holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, an open act of rebellion against the monarchy that is considered a turning point of the French Revolution, which preceded the emergence of the modern French "nation." Two days after the storming of the Bastille, the King Louis XVI officially recognized France's new tricolor flag -- the blue, white and red said to symbolize liberty, equality and brotherhood.

The Storming of the Bastille marked the start of the French Revolution, the end of the monarchy and the beginning of the Republic of France.

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Artwork: Quatorze Juillet, 1881

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