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Conciergerie Paris

February 24th, 2009 by paris

Originally the Royal Palace, the Conciergerie Paris became a prison in 1391. Located on the Cite island this is a truly impressive piece of medieval architecture with three superb Gothic halls.

For those interested in revolutionary France, and the Reign of Terror, the Conciergerie Paris makes essential viewing.

During the French Revolution it was at the Conciergerie Paris that the revolutionary tribunal judged who would be guillotined. Those awaiting trial or beheading were held here. Nearly three thousand men and women were sentenced to death. Madam du Barry and Marie Antoinette amongst them.

Conciergerie Paris has facsimiles of prisoners cells, including a facsimile of the cell Marie Antoinette was held in before being taken to be beheaded.

Why not visit three Gothic masterpieces in one day? For a medieval architectural feast: Sainte Chapelle, Conciergerie Paris, and Notre Dame are all situated within a few minutes walk of each other.

Open from 9am – 5pm winter, 9.30am – 6pm summer.

Tickets

It costs 7 euros to visit Conciergerie Paris,

Sainte Chapelle/Conciergerie combined ticket is a better deal than buying individual tickets.

It is included in the museum pass.

Free access to under 12

Free access to Teachers and Lecturers, need to show ID to prove professional status.

How to get there

Metro: Cite, Chatelet

Tips

  1. Limited availability of guided tours
  2. There are very basic leaflets in English
  3. Good guidebooks cover the Conciergerie.
  4. Towers of Torture is not accessible to the public
  5. Even if you have tickets (or passes) still have to join the security line.
  6. If the queues at the Conciergerie are long, and if you’ve already purchased tickets or passes, might be able to get access through a side door.

Site

http://conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

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