In the past, these provided shelter to craftsmen working with wood, iron, and paper. Some still remain. The district experienced revolutions first hand, particularly the revolution that took place in Place de la Bastille in April 1789. Many of these uprisings were the starting point for the French Revolution. Today, you will love the atmosphere of this very lively district. It provides a wealth of opportunities to have fun or go shopping thanks to its stores, bars, and restaurants.