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Ile de la Cite / Ile Saint-Louis
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Address: 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
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+33 1 53 40 60 96
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

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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Buy the combo tix with Sainte Chapelle. Must see for Marie Antoinette fans. Well done history of the Revolution. More than just the architecture.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This isn't a bad place to visit. But it's really just an empty building. There are some displays, but they are mostly just large blow-ups of things you could read from an encyclopedia. There are very few historical artefacts.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were able to go on Free Sunday. Unfortunately, nothing past the gift shop was open. We couldn't see the Prisoners' Gallery, The Girondins' Chapel, Marie-Antoinette's Chapel or cell, or the Women's Courtyard. All the space that was open to us was literally large vacant rooms. It took us longer to get through security than it took us to view... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What better way to learn about the French revolution than visiting the Conciergerie? It is suitable for children and the visit doesn't take too long. There are even some interactive displays that they can use and enjoy.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst the place itself has some nice architectural features, it doesn't have much else to offer. We were admitted at 5pm (Official closing time is at 6pm). We were taking it easy, reading information on the leaflet and taking photos, and when it was time to visit Maria Antoinette's cell (one of the very few things to see) the security... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing location that displays mock-ups and explanations of what the site witnessed during the French Revolution. You can get a combined ticket with the Sainte Chapelle just next door - well worth it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed the trip through the history of the building, the story that accompanied the experience for Marie Antoinette, and the descriptions of the different parts of the building and the uses (where the soldiers were housed and the kitchens, etc). Some of the information was only in French but much is now in English (I should really learn... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Honestly, I thought I was going to Sainte-Chapelle. I was tired & following the signs & somehow ended up in the Conciergerie instead (misleading!!), which is the most boring borings of all the borings. It's literally a collection of empty rooms. For real, every single room is empty. I came out thinking huh, why is everyone so excited about Sainte-Chapelle?... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Buy the combo tix with Sainte Chapelle. Must see for Marie Antoinette fans. Well done history of the Revolution. More than just the architecture.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

I visited the conciergerie on the 10th of december 2016 and its main and more interesting parts were closed! It was possible to see only two rooms, while it was not possible to visit marie antoniette's prison and the other cells. fortunately we were a group of six 20 year-old girls so the museum was free (until 25 year old... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2016

The Conceirgerie is a big part of the history of Paris. It really is a must see. It was Louis the IX Palace, but was used later as a jail during the French Revolution. We had a tour guide who explained in depth its fascinating history, much more than I can explain here.

Thank Kerry B

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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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