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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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The present monument forms only a part of the former palace of the Capetian...

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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La Conciergerie or Palais de la Cité

The building complex called Conciergerie occupies the NW part of the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that is also home to Notre Dame cathedral. The Conciergerie has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Atenas, Costa Rica
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unless you are really into French history and meaning to get to learn all about what went on in the Dark Ages and Renaissance, this is the place to visit. Get the Paris Museum Pass (free entry). We ducked in here because of the rain. And also, you get to see where Marie Antoinette spent her last few days. There... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's one of the best places to visit in Paris , specially if you have just visited Notre dame , few metres away . The conciergerie has a history of the French revolution, it's the place were Marie Antoinette was imprisoned and than beheaded. They will show you a movie and than you can make your tour. Entry is cheap... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For this trip to Paris we concentrated on learning more about the French Revolution and how it impacted on the French judicial system and society in general.The visit to the Conciergerie certainly helped to complete the jigsaw. If you are doing a local tour on the French Revolution, I suggest the tour first, then the Conciergerie. It will help to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The building complex called Conciergerie occupies the NW part of the Île de la Cité, the island in the Seine that is also home to Notre Dame cathedral. The Conciergerie has been the administrative and judicial center of France since the 6th century. It used to consist of the royal palace, royal chapel, royal court, parliament building, treasury, tax -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

On the bottom level is a video that clearly defines the history of this first Royal King's palace. In a large open Stone room filled with Gothic arches. It includes displays of the French prison during the French Revolution explanations in English. Marie Antoinette hid in this palace so it seems only fitting that her cell is recreated in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We only found out about the Conciergerie while on a ghost walk so we had to visit. It used to be the palace of the Capetian dynasty but Charles V stopped using it as a palace in the 13th century and housed his law courts there instead. In the 18th century it was was used to house the prisoners of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was our shortest attraction's visit. Not to much exhibit, huge facility of old prison, interesting history and few people inside. Of course, this is not priority in Paris but useful to visit once. Easy and central location of building walking distance from Notre-Dame and if you are there why not? Combine ticket with Saint-Chapelle next door a bit cheaper.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The conciergerie is where they held the prisoners during the French revolution. Many notable people were here including Marie Antoinette and the person responsible for killing the King. It is a self guided tour and interesting to see

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Included in the museum pass and interesting but not particularly compelling. A bit stale but I'm glad we went so we can visualize a grand medieval hall and where Marie Antoinette spent her last days.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On our eighth trip to Paris, we have finally ticked this off our list. The guided English tour is no longer run, even though it is on the website. The girl at the ticket desk said that they had been telling the website people for months to remove it. We wandered around, watched the two videos. Generally we found it... 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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