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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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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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This is a beautiful gothic building that used to be a palace for the kings. It was very interesting to see and hear about the transformation from being a royal residence into a... read more

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

This is a beautiful gothic building that used to be a palace for the kings. It was very interesting to see and hear about the transformation from being a royal residence into a prison during the French Revolution. The most notable prisoner was Marie Antoinette. The architecture inside is simply stunning.

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Paris, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First - the security is very poorly organized. I unfortunately understand the need for security but one security person checking those in line one by one is not a very efficient model. Second, while the inside of the building has interesting arches, you mostly read panels about French history (in French and English) and see a lot of empty space.... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this as part of a double tour combined with Sainte Chapelle this was also disappointing initially you get in and seems like just a big hall but as you go in there is a bit more to see (Marie De Antoinette was incarcerated there before her execution) so wasn't totally a waste of time but I suggest you... More 

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Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This nice building dated from the XIII century; The name conciergerie cames from Concierge, and was the name of a royal governor at this period; This splendid construction has two twin towers and you can admire the palace from the quay of the river Seine; During the revolution it was a prison for millions of urbans condemned to die. At... More 

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Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We previously did a tour of the Conciergerie a few years back when my children were a lot younger. This time round there was the added benefit of two iPads as part of the Family entrance tariff of 29 Euros. The children (now 9 and 12 yrs old) were able to scan coins to reveal information about the various halls... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Though Paris is a city overflowing with museums, it has a serious lack of any focusing on history, so I was grateful for the Conciergerie. While it doesn't entirely satisfy the need on its own, it's a great place to get a dose of history between stops at other landmarks. Exhibits are a bit sparse but thorough. Definitely worth a... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting building. Informative re Marie Antoinette. Didn't take long at all to walk around and we read most of the information boards. Info boards were in English which made a nice change from the other museums we have visited in Paris.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Conciergerie has an incredible entryway and hall that make it worth the visit in and of itself, but the true gems lie beyond. While there are certainly notable sections that describe the life of prisoners in the Conciergerie, there is so much more. The Room of Names list all those held prisoner, including Marie-Antoinette, and discloses their origins and... More 

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Lillehammer, Norway
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting enough building, but not a lot more than that, unless you're into the French history. We went inside and it was a bit underwhelming. The history of Marie Antoinette may be interesting, but we thought it were pretty boring inside this museum. Not a lot to see here. Would not go again.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

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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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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