The Bastille, a massive stone dungeon in the center of Paris. It was known for symbolizing feudal rule, a symbol of the oppressive monarchy. The Bastille was also the holding place of the nation's gunpowder.
To the Bastille!
THE BASTILLE: A SYMBOL OF ROYAL DESPOTISM
How infamous was the Bastille?
On July 14th, amongst the riot, a voice cried out "To the Bastille!". The people run to the Bastille, screaming that they've taken the side of the revolution. The mob crowds the dungeon, and conquers it; it is now a symbol of independence.
Was the riot on the Bastille planned beforehand?
We take the side of the revolution!
The next day, an aide approaches the king to inform him of the fall of the Bastille. This event is known as the catalyst that started the revolution. Today the French celebrate Bastille Day every year to commemorate their freedom.
Is it a revolt?
No, sir, it is a revolution.
Would the revolution still have succeeded without the march on the Bastille?