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1. It was an armory.

2. It was a prison.

3. The storming of the Bastille started the French Revolution because the peasants seized the weapons stored in the Bastille and became an army and not just a mob.

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  1. Louis XIII first used it as a State Prison.
  2. The Key to the Bastille was presented to George Washington in 1790.
  3. It was built by Charles V between 1370 and 1383.
  4. Voltaire was once a prisoner at the Bastille.
  5. The Marquis de Sade was a former prisoner of the Bastille.
  6. It was formally known as the Bastille Saint-Antoine.
  7. The Governor who surrendered the Bastille and was later lynched was born at the Bastille.

It was built for the defense of Paris during the Hundred Years' War.

It consisted of eight towers connected by a terrace.

King Louis XIII placed the first prisoners there.

Voltaire was a guest there for 11 months.

It had a prisoner capacity of 50 but held only 7 when stormed.

The Key to the Bastille is on display at Mount Vernon in Virginia.

Voltaire and Marquis de Sade had both been prisoners there.

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