Whether you're a history buff, a fan of A Tale of Two Cities, or fascinated with French culture, then one of the free, must see destinations in Paris is the former site of the Bastille. Once a medieval fortress, prison, and armory, the Bastille was seized by the Parisian mob on July 14, 1789; igniting the French Revolution.
The structure itself was torn down, brick by brick, and used as paperweights by citizens of the revolution. The key, itself, was received by President George Washington as a gift from the Marquis de Lafayette and today resides at Mount Vernon. Only a tall column, in the middle of the roundabout, sits as a memorial to the event.
The Place de la Concorde is located in east central Paris (4th Arrondissement) and is only eight metro stops on the yellow Metro Line 1 from the Champs Elysees station.