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Local name: Conciergerie

The Conciergerie is a former Capetian palace, and later a state prison located on the island of La Cite, within the Palace of Justice. Currently, a museum operates here, which shows how prison conditions looked like from the eighteenth to the beginning of the twentieth century. In the Concierger you can see the reconstituted cell of Queen Marie Antoinette, as well as the Gothic Hall of the Royal Guard and an exhibition about the victims of the French Revolution.

The palace on the island of La Cite was built between the 10th and 14th centuries. The part called Conciergerie is a Gothic building with several towers, and vaulted corridors and chambers. From the mid-fourteenth century, it housed a prison, and the court moved to the Louvre. The Conciergerie was intended primarily for criminals sentenced to death and the most significant prisoners. It became notorious during the French Revolution, when it was called the "guillotine vestibule". Maria Antonina, Robespierre or Danton were imprisoned here.

Currently, there is a museum in the gothic walls. You can see here one of the largest Gothic rooms in Europe, used in the past by the Royal Guard, the prison chapel, cells in which representatives of various states were imprisoned. In one of the rooms there are lists of those sentenced to death during the French Revolution. On the clock tower, at the top of the clock, next to the Bourbon lilies, was the emblem of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Eagle and Chase.


Attractions inside

    Conciergerie map
    Boulevard du Palais 275001 Paris , France