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Conciergerie

2, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France (Louvre / Place Vendôme)
01 53 40 60 96
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Ranked #213 of 786 Attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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 « less
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Sainte Agathe des Monts, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Spectacular not only in its architecture but in the history. Was impressed with all the photos of people who have been justly or unjustly guillotined some very well known one. Marie-Antoinette's cell was not as shabby as I would have hoped but definitely a step down from the opulence of Versailles. It's huge, cavernous actually, take your time exploring all... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

As a doomed aristocrat i was quite disappointed with the prison conditions at the Conciergerie. I know that I am going to be be executed, but can you at least take the hay away and put down a damned rug.The room itself was drafty and was not even supplied with a toilet hole. The staff was not at all helpful,... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We stumbled on the entrance to this amazing place as we were looking for the Sainte Chapelle so we went inside and were not disappointed. We bought a combined ticket for this building and the Sainte Chapelle but if you are intending to go to several museums and galleries buy a museum pass here before you go in. Even if... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Very central and near to many other popular attractions so well worth a visit. As with many other buildings in Paris the architecture is truly amazing. This place is steeped in history. The building was the first palace of France and dates back to the 10th to 14th Century. It was the place where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and was... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Definitely worth popping in if you are in the area for Sainte Chapelle and Notre Dame. We should be aware of the uglier side of history too. Especially after visiting Versailles, one realizes that the fate of some royals in history is tragic, not a job for the average person. I thought that the vaulted arches were beautiful and well... More

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washington, dc
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

There are a few very slow moving history films on the main floor and there is an English information sheet at the entrance. I think this is probably much more interesting to a student of the French Revolution than to your average tourist. It's near Sainte Chapelle. It was quiet and had a bit of room to roam which might... More

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Anniston, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I popped in to this site because it was next to Sainte-Chappelle. The architecture is amazing, as is the sheer scope of the building of this palace/prison site. Its role in history is probably more interesting than the finer details, although students of the Revolution will find the prisoner's gallery, Marie Antoinette exhibit and marker of Robespierre intersting. However, casual... More

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Regina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Since it is near Notre Dame it is worth a quick walk-through; it didn't take very long, about 30-40 minutes. The gothic architecture is very cool, the prison and history are interesting.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 via mobile

Formerly a palace, then a seat of government and finally a prison during the Reign of Terror. One of the most famous prisoners was Marie-Antoinette, who was held there before her execution. There are many displays and audiovisual presentations with English subtitles. A very atmospheric and eerie slice of history.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Located just a few minutes from Notre Dame, this is a very interesting museum/former prison. The wife especially liked the picture presentations and the fact that explanations about the history was also in English. The prisoner cells were particularly interesting. The Prisoner's Gallery and Revolutionary Tribunal were rather creepy because it is easy to take yourself back in time to... More

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