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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
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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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Nice piece of history

The Conciergerie is lighter on the palace part of history and focuses on its use as a jail. While the main chamber was not as detailed, the portions about M.A.'s visit there were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
North Canton, Ohio

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The Conciergerie is lighter on the palace part of history and focuses on its use as a jail. While the main chamber was not as detailed, the portions about M.A.'s visit there were worth the visit. There is also an interesting display upstairs on the executions.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

While many of the rooms were reconstructions (for example Marie Antionette's cell) the stories told of the terror and the explanations in each room were riveting. Only a small number of rooms but definitely worth a stop. If you're going to Sainte-Chappelle (and you should) you can get a discount ticket for the two sites. Not just for hard core... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Some of the group weren't interested in the stop but it was worth it. Seeing that even in prisons the class system of revolutionary Paris existed based on the level of luxuriousness of the cells is interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We intended to visit Sainte Chapelle but had limited time and the line was too long. So we went next door to the Conciergerie and walked right in. We were in Paris during the intense heat wave in late July and were happy to step into this cool oasis. Much more interesting than I had expected. There is a guide... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I have visited this place several times over the years and thoroughly enjoyed it. The last visit with teenagers was different in that they were not so interested in the history. It is much harder to enjoy and understand without knowing what occurred in the past. It is on the museum pass so it was not a big deal. However... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Very interesting guided tour (do go for the guided tour!) about the vivid history of this former palace & jail. We went right after visiting La Sainte Chapelle with the combined ticket. Bestregardsfromfar

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Amarillo, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I was in the neighborhood to see Sainte-Chapelle and practically stumbled onto the Conciergerie, which used to house prisoners during the French Revolution. There's lots of interesting history here, and you can buy a ticket that gets you into here and into Sainte-Chapelle.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Bearing in mind the area around this is saturated with queues (Notre Dame...Saint Chapelle) this was great to visit. Easy to get in and lots to see, you can feel the history of the place the moment you walk in.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This was a gem! There was no line to get in, and it’s very interesting. Pick up a free information guide once you get in, or else you won’t understand what you are looking at. See the amazing basement/rooms where they held condemned prisoners awaiting execution. The vaulted ceilings in the basement of the building are incredible. Don’t miss this... More 

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A huge space with a big story to tell. Very well presented for the non-French speaking visitor, especially the video displays - one helping you understand the bigger site and one informing about its use in the Revolution. Don't miss the smaller spaces - there is a lot to see!

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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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