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Address: 2, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Phone Number: 01 53 40 60 96
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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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We found on our trip that many of the landmarks host exhibits and art displays. This often obstructs nice pictures or your ability to see the place "as it should be" depending on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Arlington, Virginia

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was excited to visit because I had heard it was Paris' version of the Tower of London. I think that would be a stretch. While there is some interesting history here, it wasn't anything that wow-ed me. They do have some info about Marie Antoinette's stay there before her execution, but a lot of the space had been transformed... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found on our trip that many of the landmarks host exhibits and art displays. This often obstructs nice pictures or your ability to see the place "as it should be" depending on the size of the art. It would be fine if it was one room or a certain area, but some of them are throughout and really detract... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of the more relatable landmarks of Paris for me, due to all of the historical weight of Conciergerie. Very thorough tour and so interesting to hear and see of the conditions of the prison. Very easy to imagine yourself there at the time of Marie Antoinette. I definitely recommend it for any history buffs!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had purchased the two for one ticket on line for the Sainte-Chapelle and the Conciergerie. It was a great deal and worth it to do it this way as they are located within a minute of each other and are both very quick visits. This is a beautiful building with artwork and history of France. We found it to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is where Marie-Antoinette was held in prison. That alone made it fascinating. You can see the site very quickly and it is of interesting historic value. With the ticket you can also see the Chapel around the corner which actually has fabulous stained glass windows and is very beautiful. That is really more intriguing and work the price of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place's claim to fame is due to being a prison cell for Marie Antoinette. Other than that, there is not much exhibit to look around and you can explore the place fairly quickly. The architecture of this place is similar to Sainte Chapelle except that it is less colourful. I went in the morning and there is almost no... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a really haunting place. Coupled with France's new take on the destruction of their aristocracy and the fact that it set their society back you have to spend some time and really look at all the faces of the people who lost their heads. Whilst it is almost weird feeling that Marie Antoinette walked the garden area, there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the way to Notre Dame, we stopped in and were delightfully impressed. What an interesting old palace/prison. You don't need to spend a lot of time there, but worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Built initially for the king to house troops and hold prisoners. It is most famous for its role in the French Revolution (the one in 1793-4). This was the final lodging for just under 3,000 victims of that revolution. Amongst them where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Indeed some of the revolutionaries became prisoners here before their date with the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is tough to compete with the major sights in Paris, but the history of the Conciergerie makes this building worthy of a visit. Serving as a prison for those sentencesd to beheading, including the infamous Marie Antoinette, they re-created her 'room' where she was kept, and also show the jails where the people who couldn't afford to pay off... 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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