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Conciergerie

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Address: 2, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 53 40 60 96
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Description: The present monument forms only a part of the former palace of the...
The present monument forms only a part of the former palace of the Capetian dynasty. Charles V ceased using the palace in the 14th century and decided to house his law courts here. The Concierge, or keeper, was appointed by the king and was responsible for policing within the palace walls. At the end of the 18th century, many prisoners detained by the Revolutionary Tribunal were held in the Conciergerie, including Marie-Antoinette. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.Open:> 2nd January to 31st December: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th DecemberAdmission fees: Adults : 8,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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An unexpected joy

To be honest, I went to this museum because there was no line and it was located right next to Saint Chapelle, but ended up enjoying the experience more than expected. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

To be honest, I went to this museum because there was no line and it was located right next to Saint Chapelle, but ended up enjoying the experience more than expected. The underground hall demonstrates beautiful arches and unexpected warmth. There is plenty of history, including lists of all the prisoners kept while awaiting the guillotine as well as a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I passed by this place when I was on my way to Cathedral Notre Dame in a Sunday afternoon. There weren't many people so I decided to have a look. But it turned out to be very attractive. Reading the explanation and watching over cells in different levels, I already immersed myself in the extraordinary history here. Had it not... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Sorry but compared to the multitude of other great attractions in Paris, this is rather mundane. I know it has a lot of history behind it but an old prison is not the most impressive site to see. I would pass if you have limited time in Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

I wanted to visit the attraction after reading the history of Marie Antoinette. This puts the place and the history together and I was spellbound. The oldest part of the building is below ground and has the most incredible stone vaulted ceiling covering a vast medieval chamber. Behind it is the prison cells, and above the guards residences. It contains... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

The Isle de la Cite at the centre of Paris is a great place to stroll around and the buildings are magnificent, notably Notre Dame and the Palais de Justice. Within the latter, you'll find the Conciergerie, an expansive crypt-like area that served as the prison during the reign of terror after the French revolution. It's easy to forget the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

We visited the Conciergerie today on a combined ticket with St Chapelle. It was well worth seeing. Most of the original building has been destroyed but the ground floor is a vault which was part of the original palace and prison. There is a fragment of a 14th century marble table on the wall. Upstairs are reconstructed prison cells showing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Conciergerie is an interesting part of the Paris history, however, most of it is recreated from drawings, so it is only believed to looked that. Have a look inside if there is no queue or passing near by, but if you are low on time in Paris, you should visit other places first.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were walking by and had a museum pass so popped in here as there was no line. Very dark inside. The bit were they have recreated jail cells and Marie Antoinette's cell was interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My wife and I bought the Paris Museum Pass and decided to visit the sites on Ile de la Cite. We first visited the Towers of Notre Dame and then went to Sainte Chapelle to see the stained glass. We didn't know much about the Conciergerie, but we went in since it was so close to Sainte Chapelle and was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This place is perhaps Paris's building the most charged in history and events, especially during the Revolution where many people, including Marie-Antoinette were imprisoned. The visit is highly focused on this period. You can find a list of all roughly 2700 people executed in Paris during the Terror and Marie-Antoinette's cell.

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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
Two islands sit in the middle of the Seine at the very heart of Paris. The more majestic one, Ile de la Cité, sparkles with history. This is the birthplace of Paris, the home of the Gothic Sainte-Chapelle, and the site of the prison where Marie Antoinette was held before her execution. Tourists flock to see the iconic Notre Dame and the beautiful bridges that straddle the Seine. Ile Saint-Louis, the more provincial island, welcomes you with cozy traditional eateries, small boutiques, and what some people say is the best ice cream in the city. This is essential Paris from its very beginnings to its modern appeal.