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La Conciergerie prison in Paris
La Conciergerie

La Conciergerie prison in Paris is forever associated with the martyr of Marie-Antoinette, Princess of Austria and Queen of France, detained there until her 1793 execution in Place de La Concorde during the French revolution. Paris monuments.

History of La Conciergerie in Paris

La Conciergerie is a monument on the banks of the river in Paris. It was the Palace of French Kings (picture) from the 10th century until they moved to the Louvre in 1358.

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.

The antechamber to the guillotine

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.

The clock Tower at La Conciergerie
The clock Tower at La Conciergerie

Visit La Conciergerie

La Conciergerie is located 1 quai de l'horloge 75001 Paris. To avoid the queue when visiting La Conciergerie and Sainte Chapelle near-by, we recommend you to come early.

Paris metro: Cite station (line 4), Chatelet station (1).
Locate La Conciergerie on Paris map.

La Conciergerie web site

Marie Antoinette at La Conciergerie

La Conciergerie admission fees

Ticket for La Conciergerie
Adult rate : 9 euro
Reduced rate : 7 euro

Ticket for Sainte-Chapelle + La Conciergerie
Adult rate : 15 euro
Reduced rate : 12.50 euro

Visits and admission fees.

The clock - La Conciergerie

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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