Place de la Nation

After the Bastille, the Rue St. Antoine becomes the Rue du Faubourg St. Antoine, and leads to Place de la Nation, the Eastern equivalent of the √Čtoile.
Ten avenues meet here, and in a pond in a wide lawn in the centre is a famous statue of Marianne.
Who, I hear you ask, is Marianne? She is the lady who stands for France, just as Britannia stands for Britain.
You find her picture on stamps and her bust in Town Halls all over France.


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