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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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A cool oasis for the tourist-trap-weary traveller

Do yourselves a favour - nip into the unassuming entrance to the right of the Palais du Justice, there won't be a queue, and enjoy the cool vaulted basement and the history of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It is part of a group of buildings on Ile de la Cité, located close to the Pont des Arts and the Palais de Justice. The Conciergerie had become a jail during the French Revolution; as such, it is the last place where Marie Antoinette stayed. Maybe not a priority for a short time visit in Paris.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Nice look into the final moments of many of those unlucky to be caught up on the wrong side during the Revolution. Worth it, it's quick, and at the very least...the inside is very nice.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Nice place but nothing special. A former prison were you see some old cells and a large lobby area with nice architecture.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Conciergerie originated as the residence of a roman governor but was gradually transformed into a royal palace and housed the kings of France until the fourteenth century. Afterwards the edifice assumed an administrative role, eventually becoming a court and prison. Visitors are offered an information leaflet at the ticket office. An outstanding guidebook can be purchased in the shop.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Do yourselves a favour - nip into the unassuming entrance to the right of the Palais du Justice, there won't be a queue, and enjoy the cool vaulted basement and the history of the revolution, free of crowds. Buy a "combine" ticket with Sainte-Chapelle and skip the 2 hour line to Sainte-Chapelle afterwards for just another 5 Euro. Under 26... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

A beautiful gothic palace with a rich history. Parts of the palace which dates to early 1300's were at some point turned into a prison. Here you will see the cell where Marie-Antoinette was held and her chapel. The building is gorgeous inside and out and totally worth the visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We decided to go to the Conciergerie because it was near to our hotel and there was no line. There was also a discount on the tickets with our visitor train passes so the cost was like 7 euro for me and my teen. Even she commented on how inexpensive it was. The building is kind of eerie and they... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The Conciergerie is a fascinating visit and takes one back to the times of the revolution where parts of this building were used to incarcerate poor individuals who were en route to the guillotine. Really good place to see and take photographs

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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

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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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.