Where is the Paris Conciergerie? The historical prison is near Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Sainte-Chapelle church on the Ile de la Cite. It is a part of the Palais de Justice. Address: 2 boulevard du Palais 1st arrondissement. Metro: Cite. Opening hours: every day 9:30 am to 6 pm.
Until the XIVth century, the Kings of France had their residence. La Conciergerie is only a part of the Palace. You can admire three rooms during your visit, la Salle des Gardes (Great Hall of the Guards), la Salle des Gens d'Armes (the Hall of the Soldiers) and Salle des Cuisines (kitchen).
The Salle des Gardes is the first room you see when you come inside. Dated from beginning of the XIVth century, admire the sculptures of animals fights and faces. On your right near the window, the stairs are going to the towers where most important people were imprisoned.
La Salle des Gens d'Armes is impressive. Its architecture is very special Only three places in France were built with the columns and vaults design, Mont St-Michel Abbey, Palais des Papes in Avignon and the College des Bernardins. This room has been built during the reign of Philippe le Bel, king of France. Four chimneys heated up this huge room of 63 meters long.
La Salle des Cuisines has been built around XIVth century. There are 21 columns, each hood chimney is supported by a flying buttress. Before there were 8 windows but only four have been kept. Continue your visit to the prison.
La Rue de Paris is the area at the end of La Salle des Gens d'Armes where most poorer prisoners, les Pailleux (in straw) were imprisoned. The Revolutionary Tribunal was created in 1793, sending away witnesses, lawyers. The judgments were just a formality and the sentences to the guillotine were more numerous.
Many famous people have been brought to the Paris Conciergerie before their death. Ravaillac has assassinated the King Henri IV. Damiens stabbed King Louis XV with a pocket knife. Madame de Brinvilliers was a famous poisoner in Paris. Cartouche was a notorious brigand, a thief and a murder. Reine Marie-Antoinette was transferred to the Conciergerie during the night of August 1 and 2, 1793, six months after the King's death. She was under high surveillance, nothing for writing, she could only read and pray. The notable Robespierre was arrested and try to kill himself. He was transferred to the Hotel de Ville and the Conciergerie. And many others have been killed with no proof during the French Revolution.
The Conciergerie is a national historic monument.
*Combined tickets with La Sainte-Chapelle (a must-see)
*La Salle des Gens d"Armes and la Salle des Gardes can host prestigeous events.* Paris Pass
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