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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: 2, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 53 40 60 96
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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Better value when visited with Sainte-Chapelle

You can get a €12.50 joint ticket which give you access to here plus the Sainte-Chapelle next door, separately they are €8.50 each. Better still if you are here on the first... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

You can get a €12.50 joint ticket which give you access to here plus the Sainte-Chapelle next door, separately they are €8.50 each. Better still if you are here on the first Sunday of the month, both attractions are free and you get handed a ticket as you enter. The Conciergerie was where the Kings of France resided for 400... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

all you get is one big hall, 3 examples of cells for prisoners, one of guards i guess, and M.Antoinette's cell, i was outrages after i discovered that was all for the money we payed which was about 10euros a person....i wouldnt go... waste of money

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I went in here by mistake when I was trying to find St. Chappelle, and am glad I did. The Hall of Men-at-Arms was an architectural wonder. Built from 1302 and is one of the finest examples of Gothic secular architecture. Also got to tour the former prison and saw where Marie Antoinette spent some time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

When we visited in December 2014 there was an exhibit housed in the Conciergerie on St. Louis. Exhibit or not visit this former prison for its wonderful architecture. Right next door is Stainte-Chapelle with some of the most beautiful stained glass you will see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The Conciergerie is a lovely building located on the Ile de la Cite in central paris. It was originally a prison! Most definitely worth a visit!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This seems like a great place to visit and I am sure it is beautiful but you would think they could update their website from "open" to "closed for construction!" It is a nice day to walk around Paris but still...

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

The space feels rather sterile and bare considering its history, but there are lots of interesting details to look at. The vaulting is beautiful. The mock-up of Marie Antoinette seemed a bit cheesy, but I get why it's there.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

All the guidebooks talked about the three attractions on "Ile de la Cite" as a group: Cathedrale Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie. The first two are excellent attractions... but the Conciergerie was simply an average attraction. Unless you have an interest in prisons... or you have seen everything else in Paris already, I would skip this attraction.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015 via mobile

The royal residence for centuries, very nice building from 6th century. Arts and objects in the first part. The back rooms keep the personality they got from the 14th century: detention center/ prison. Corridors, guardians offices and cells are showed as they were, even the cell were the Queen Marie Antoinette was kept before being executed at the Concorde. Crossing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Originally I was going to give this an average review, but upon reflection, I increased it. My favorites were the items from St. Louis - one of his shirts, among other items. Also the parts about the prison and Marie Antoinette were of interest. There are a few toilets in the rear of the lowest floor.

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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.