July 14, 2009

Place de la Bastille, Paris, originally uploaded by Rita Crane Photography *returning soon*.

Place de la Bastille in Paris. I just thought it was apt, given that it’s Bastille Day.

Allons enfants de la Patrie,
Le jour de gloire est arrivé !

Wikipedia says that “The Convention accepted [“La Marseillaise”] as the French national anthem in a decree passed on July 14, 1795, but it was then banned successively by Napoleon I, Louis XVIII, and Napoleon III, only being reinstated briefly after the July Revolution of 1830.[1] During Napoleon I’s reign Veillons au Salut de l’Empire was the unofficial anthem of the regime and during Napoleon III’s reign Partant pour la Syrie. In 1879, “La Marseillaise” was restored as the country’s national anthem, and has remained so ever since.

Enjoy! If you like the photo, please drop a comment to the original photographer at Flickr.

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