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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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Visited the concierge as it had no queue at all and was interested to see inside. It's basically an old prison. It was interesting to see the prison rooms and the sort of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The first royal palace in Paris which was used as a prison during French Revolution. It is just right next to La Sainte Chapelle. Though it is dark and gloomy inside, the architecture is beautiful in its own right. It is the place where you can get a glimpse of French history and it is very dynamic. There is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Being a huge history buff I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. I was particularly struck by the meticulous recreation of the prison conditions which along with the narration in the audio guide gave a very good feel of those bygone times.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Visited the concierge as it had no queue at all and was interested to see inside. It's basically an old prison. It was interesting to see the prison rooms and the sort of conditions the prisoners had to live in. Interesting but only if you have spare time as there's much better things to see in Paris in my option

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

It's worth a quick look if you have a museum pass, but it's not very interesting - a jail which was the last home of guillotined prisoners really ought to have more grit! You can buy a joint tik with St Chapelle here but check the length of the St Chapelle security queue first - the museum pass doesn't let... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

The conciergerie is a mythical landmark in Paris as it is known to be where many historical figures were jailed, such as Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre. There are much less tourists than the usual Paris attractions and it is a rare look at how jail was like during French revolutionary times. The place also has artifacts and correspondence of prisoners as... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Personally, I am always quite interested in seeing old prisons and the history behind it, so this was something I wanted to see. Not to mention how interesting it was to see where Marie Antoinette was jailed. Gives you a look into the different types of cells that prisoners were kept in back then too. A quick attraction to go... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This is not the typical 'look at the art on the walls' museum trip. Instead it's a glimpse of history. A bit grim (all things considered) but worth doing, especially if you have the Paris Museum Pass (highly recommended). A plus is that it's cool, calm, and quiet - a break from the tourist crowds.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

It was interesting to see. It has a nice clean bathroom that you walk right into and use. But it was only good because we had a museum pass-- I never would have paid for it once we finished. There were lots of school groups. It's an especially good backup idea for a rainy day when you need to duck... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

After you've seen the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Couer, the d'Orsay, and the other popular tourist sights, check out the Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned. Very interesting. Close to metro. No need to buy tickets in advance in off season.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Neat historic prison for prisoners headed to the guillotine during the French Revolution. The entry is into a former palace with beautiful arched, domed ceilings which turns into a self-guided tour. Marie-Antoinette was housed here prior to her death and there is a replica of her "cell" there with guards keeping a close eye on her. Pretty neat if you're... More 

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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.
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