The Place de la Bastille is located where the Bastille prison stood until the Bastille Day on 14 July 1789. The square and its surrounding areas are normally called simply Bastille.
The Column which commemorates the events of the July Revolution (1830) stands at the center of the square. Other notable features include the Bastille Opera, the Bastille subway station and a section of the Canal Saint Martin. The square is often home to concerts and similar events. The north-eastern area of Bastille is busy at night due to many cafés, bars, night clubs, and concert halls
. On Thursdays and Sundays a large, open-air market occupies the north of the Bastille. Some undemolished remains of one tower of the fort were discovered during excavation for the sybway in 1899, and were moved to a park a few hundred metres away. The original outline of the fort is also marked on the pavement of streets and pathways that pass over its former location, in the form of special paving stones. The most famous bals musette,"The Balajo", rue de Lappe was founded by Jo de France, who introduced glitter and spectacle into what were then seedy gangster dives, and brought Parisians from the other side of the city to savour the rue de Lappe lowlife.
The rue de Lappe can still be as dodgy a place to be at night as it was in prewar days. The bouncers at clubs like the Chapelle des Lombards, and at Balajo itself, the heavy drug scene and the uneasy mix of local residents have taken the soul away from a street that ten years ago deserved the special affection that Parisians of all sorts gave it.