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Conciergerie, Paris

(3.6/5 based on 1,300+ reviews on the web)
An ancient medieval fortress and prison, Conciergerie features remarkable medieval royal architecture. This was the site of Marie Antoinette's imprisonment in the period leading up to her execution in 1793. Don't miss the clock tower, which is visible from the street and was cleaned in 2013: it is the oldest clock tower in Paris. Use our Paris family vacation planner to add Conciergerie and other attractions to your Paris vacation plans.
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  • Interesting building. Informative re Marie Antoinette. Didn't take long at all to walk around and we read most of the information boards. Info boards were in English which made a nice change from the ...  more »
  • The Conciergerie has an incredible entryway and hall that make it worth the visit in and of itself, but the true gems lie beyond. While there are certainly notable sections that describe the life of p...  more »
  • Royal prison... the visit to this museum is essential. The revolutionary period unfolds before our eyes
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  • Beautiful from the outside, but unless you have a serious thing for vaulted ceilings it's not worth going in. I had the museum pass so I went in because it was right next to Sainte-Chappelle and I honestly regret the 10 minutes I wasted here. The first room is huge vaulted chamber that is literally empty. The following rooms are less empty, but not substantially so.
  • An experience that makes real the Terrors, and delivers beauty at the same time, in St. Chappele, a gorgeous cathedral with some if the best stained glass in France. Informative, eerie, dreamlike and potent. Note the best times for touring as it can get crowded, and take advantage of the amazing cafe across the street!
  • Full of historical information mentioned. Interesting to know the word "Conciergerie". What meaning in francaise?
  • The line to good in was not long, and this is the place to buy the combo ticket that also gets you into the St. Chappelle. For enthusiasts of French history as well as those who read A Tale of Two Cities, walk through a major focal point of the French Revolution. See the jail cells where prisoners were kept, including Marie Antoinette, prior to their executions. There was a modern art exhibit in the main hall when we visited but don't worry- the history of the museum is still there to be experienced.
  • It's an interesting place but the amount that can be seen is very limited. The audiovisuals at the start were a great resource, as were the recollection cards. I'm glad to have visited but only do so if you have plenty of time in Paris and a particular interest in its history.