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The Conciergerie was built in the 13th century as a royal residence and is the oldest part of the remaining Palais de al Cité, later to become a prison and today it is a national monument. It is one of Paris’s best examples of French Gothic architecture known as Rayonnant from the French word meaning “to radiate,” which best describes the radiating spokes of the rose windows that became popular circa 1240-1350.
It is best known for its role during the bloodiest part of the French Revolution, known as the Reign of Terror (1793-1794). It was the holding place for the accused‑some of who made the cart ride to the guillotine set in modern day Place de la Concorde at one end of the Champs-Elysées‑including Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. Here you can tour cells and learn about the day-to-day life of a French Revolutionary prisoner.
2, boulevard du Palais, Paris 1st
Tél: 01 5340 6080
Métro: #4 Cité
Bus: lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 and Balabus
RER: lines B & C, follow the Seine riverbanks to Ile de la Cité
Velib: #01001 Ile De La Cite Pont Neuf, 41 quai de L'horloge; #1101 Place De L'ecole,
2, place de L'ecole
2011 hours: March 1-October 31: 9:30am-6pm, November 1-February 28: 9am-5pm. Cashier closes 30 minutes earlier. May 15-September 15: open Wed evening, 9pm last admission.
Closed weekdays between 1-2pm. Closed holidays: January 1, May 1 and December 25
Admission: 8€, 5€ reduced. Free for disabled visitors and their escorts, unemployed persons, and people under age 18.
Buy a combined admission ticket (billet jumelé) for both the Conciergerie and the Sainte Chapelle for 11€ adult, 7.50€ reduced.