La Conciergerie

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Once the most notorious prison in France, the Conciergerie is also the oldest remaining part of the Palais de la Cité, the royal palace of the kings of France from the 10th to the 14th centuries, preceding the Louvre.

With its distinctive towers, it became a dreadful antechamber to the guillotine during the French Revolution and the prisoners held at La Conciergerie included Marie Antoinette, Charlotte Corday and Madame du Barry. Marie Antoinette’s cell was eventually transformed into a chapel dedicated to her memory and can be visited.

One of its most famous features is the oldest tower, the Bonbec Tower since it housed the tortured chamber where the prisoners were “encouraged” to confess. The silver tower, on the other hand, is believed to have been used as a storeroom where the royal treasure was kept.

Only a small part of the building is open to the public since much of it is still used by the Paris law courts.

Contacts & Details

2 Boulevard du Palais 75001 Paris

Sunday:

09:30 – 18:00

Monday:

09:30 – 18:00

Tuesday:

09:30 – 18:00

Wednesday:

09:30 – 18:00

Thursday:

09:30 – 18:00

Friday:

09:30 – 18:00

Saturday:

09:30 – 18:00