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“Interesting history!”
Review of Conciergerie

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Owner description: The present monument forms only a part of the former palace of the Capetian dynasty. Charles V ceased using the palace in the 14th century and decided to house his law courts here. The Concierge, or keeper, was appointed by the king and was responsible for policing within the palace walls. At the end of the 18th century, many prisoners detained by the Revolutionary Tribunal were held in the Conciergerie, including Marie-Antoinette. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.Open:> 2nd January to 31st December: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th DecemberAdmission fees: Adults : 8,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 5,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
Ontario Canada
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“Interesting history!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

The building in itself is gorgeous and immense. It is true however that once inside there isn't much to see. Do take the time to admire the architecture. Once you enter the grand hall, take the time to look at the ceiling and all of its details. There is also a mark showing where the water went up to during the great flood of 1910. If you have French descendants, it is cool to see if your family name shows up on the list of those that were executed during the French Revolution.

Also check out the remains of the medieval staircase that communicated between the Upper and Lower Chamber.

Museum Pass is accepted here.

Visited May 2014
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“One of the best attractions to see in Paris in under an hour”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

I wish I could rate the Conciergerie 5 stars but it's not possible, luckily that is of no fault of their own. Over time the different uses for the building have altered it's make up, even design if you like. What's fantastic is that they have done the best with what's left. As others have said I believe it is a small bit of escapism from the hustle and bustle of Paris. Personally I am a Marie-Antoinette fan so if you are too then you MUST go just to have some inkling of her experience however small. Particularly as the Temple does not exist today or indeed the Tuilieries.
I would say the highlight is to stand in the Women's Courtyard to take a moment to think how many people stood there before their execution: Olympe de Gouges, Madame Roland etc.
It's true that there is not a great deal to see but I reiterate it is worthwhile glimpse into one of the revolutionary prisons.

Visited September 2013
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Oakville, Ontario
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“A Haunting Reminder”
Reviewed 3 August 2014

The building was originally a residence for the employees of the Palais de Justice, but at the end of the fourteenth century it was turned into a prison. During the French Revolution, more than 400 French citizens were held prisoner in this place. Half of them were sent to the guillotine. A wall commemorates the victims, listing every name and the reason - some just for being a member of the nobility. It was disturbing to read this list and see the horrible conditions under which they were detained. Apparently it was a prison until 1914.

A recreation of Marie Antoinette's cell has been installed in roughly the same area where the actual cell was. You can see the courtyard where she would look out and write her letters.

This is a great spot to visit, especially if you are a history buff. It is a quick stop and an hour would be quite sufficient to do your own tour.

Visited September 2013
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Tiffin, Ohio
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“Interesting for the Marie Antoinette buff”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

It was interesting to see the space, but every room was a reproduction, rather than the original cells. There was plenty of interpretive material for those wanting to learn more about the prison and its inhabitants. Included on museum pass.

Visited June 2014
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Houston, Texas
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“Awesome history, Rude Museum Staff”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I loved all that the conciergerie had to offer as far as history goes: it was compelling and told in an interesting way. It also wasn't overly crowded, and a great break from the hustle and bustle along the rest of the Seine. The day we came the staff was unresponsive to our questions and frankly a little rude. I would just avoid them next time. Definitely worth the time.

Visited July 2014
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