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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
9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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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It is not too much to see, but still and interesting view of the French Revolutions detention cells. The cell where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Still place that you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This 14th century building is a must see in Paris. The history, including that of the French Revolution is palpable. You can even see a reconstruction of Queen Marie-Antoinette's cell.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is not too much to see, but still and interesting view of the French Revolutions detention cells. The cell where Marie Antoinette spent her last days. Still place that you should visit.

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Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An interesting and well set out reconstruction of prison life back in the days of the French Revolution. It would have been a very cold and dark place to have been awaiting your fate. There is Marie Antoinette's cell there and there are artifacts there from her time spent there. There is quite a lot of interesting historical information spread... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting visit, glad we went. My daughter qualified for free entry as European Citizen under 25 so take some ID if this would apply to you. Combine with visit to nearby Saint Chapelle which is spectacular.

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Belleair, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A number of rooms have been furnished to illustrate how the prison was used during the French revolution. There is also good written background on the revolution itself, and how trials and imprisonment were conducted during that time. It's a very interesting place to visit, and much more than just Marie Antoinette's cell. It's located adjacent to Ste Chapelle, which... More 

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LaPorte, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The structure shows the might of the French kings and the tasty imagination of French architects. It presents one ofthe best backgrounds for sightseeing pictures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can't believe that after decades of visiting Paris that I'd never been in the Conciergerie before. It doesn't give a lot away from the outside but inside you begin below street level in a vast, fairly low ceilinged gothic hall supported by striking bundled pillars. There were one or 2 smaller rooms just off this hall before you got... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A really interesting place to visit. The old prison with cells and guards rooms set up as they would have been. There is a lot of information in different languages so, as a non French speaker, i was able to discover more about the history of Paris and the victims of the guillotine. We bought a ticket that included a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice to see especially the Gothic arches, my partner found someone with a similar name who died in the revolution which for him was interesting. It's worth a see but not top of the list.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice and interesting place to visit. It could be a bit more accessible for push-chair for babys. One member of staff in red sports wear was playing all the time with phone, speaking with it, laughing around, basically misbehaving...Apart from that - nice.

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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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