As La Conciergerie was close to the Palace of Justice, it became a prison in 1391. La Conciergerie is famous for its dramatic role during the 1789 French Revolution.
During the French Revolution, in 1793 and 1794, 2780 people were sentenced to death and detained in La Conciergerie. They then left in an open cart towards Place de la Concorde where they were beheaded.
Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France since 1774 and sister of the King of Austria, was sadly among them.
La Conciergerie deserves a visit for its history and gothic architecture, with two superb halls, built between 1302 and 1313. Its beautiful facade on the Seine river bank is a vibrant legacy of the Middle Ages.
Ticket for La Conciergerie
Adult rate : 8.50 euro
Reduced rate : 5.50 euro
Ticket for Sainte-Chapelle + La Conciergerie
Adult rate : 12.50 euro
Reduced rate : 8.50 euro
Three towers are left from the medieval castle. The Clock Tower is the tallest one (47 meters). This familiar Paris landmark was built between 1350 and 1353.
The Clock Tower houses the famous 1370 clock. This clock was the first public clock in Paris. See it at the angle of Boulevard du Palais and Quai de l'horloge.
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