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Tickets for Conciergerie: Priority Entrance

Paris’s Gothic palace turned deadly prison

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Priority Entrance
NOTE: All visitors must undergo a security check
Opening hours
09:30 - 18:00

Highlights

  • The dramatic history of the famous Conciergerie includes life as both a palace and riverside prison fortress. Note the varied decor from its different lives!
  • See the former jail cell - and current chapel - dedicated to the prison’s most famous resident: Marie Antoinette
  • Wander through the _Salle des Gens d’Armes, the former dining room for 2,000 palace staff,and Europe's largest existing medieval hall

Description

Get priority access to this former palace and riverside prison on Paris's medieval Île de la Cité. You’ll see prison cells from the French Revolution (including the cell of Queen Marie Antoinette), and the Gothic Salle des Gens d’Armes is Europe’s biggest medieval hall still in existence.

History is soaked into the thick walls of this incredible Gothic building. Built as a royal palace in the 14th century, when the royal family decamped for fancier surroundings in the Louvre and Vincennes, it found new life as a prison. During the French Revolution it earned the chilling nickname "the antechamber to the guillotine".

People accused of being an enemy of the republic would face a tribunal in the Great Hall, where they would either be acquitted, or found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. If convicted they would await their fate in one of the nearby cells. The wealthy would pay for relatively comfortable rooms with beds, while commoners were crammed into plague-infested haybed cells.

The most famous resident during its stint as a prison was Queen Marie Antoinette. After the Restoration, her cell was converted into a chapel. A visit to her lockup is one of the highlights of a trip to this famous building.

Other attractions include Europe's largest medieval hall, the Salle des Gens d’Armes, and the dreaded Bonbec Tower, which was a torture chamber. The name 'Bonbec' refers to the fact that prisoners who came here would confess to whatever they were being accused of (bon means 'good' and bec meant 'mouth').

A visit to the Conciergerie is a fascinating glimpse into the turbulent history of the French Republic. And unlike many of its residents, you're allowed to leave afterwards!

LEGAL STANDING: The Conciergerie's past as a tribunal lives on in the present - parts of it now house the Paris Law Courts.

Address

Sainte Chapelle and Conciergerie
, Paris

What's included?

  • Entrance to the Conciergerie
  • Entrance to Sainte-Chapelle

Additional information

Opening hours

09:30 - 18:00.

Getting There

  • Metro: Line 4 to Cité; line 1, 7, 11 or 14 to Châtelet

  • Bus: Lines 21, 27, 38, 85, 96 or Balabus

Customer reviews

sylvia, France
Feb 26, 2017
Jolie visite, a voir absolument, mais il faut prendre la tablette qui nous permet d'avoir toutes les informations nécessaires
Anonymous
Feb 12, 2017
Simple et pratique.
Axel, France
Jan 17, 2017
Rapide pas cher et efficace
Anonymous
Jan 3, 2017
L'efficacité de l'entrée prioritaire est un peu diminuée par les contrôles de sécurité obligatoires....
Marie-Claude, France
Jan 2, 2017
les tablettes sont extrêmement évocatrices une fois qu'on s'est familiarisé avec elles. Elles sont ludiques mais Il faut être vigilant et regarder les lieux tels qu'ils sont aujourd'hui sans se focaliser exclusivement sur elles.
Seule inquiétude: elles annoncent la fin des guides qui ont langue, bras et jambes pour donner ces commentaires sur les lieux historiques - un métier de plus en voie de disparition ...
Pascal , France
Nov 22, 2016
Nul
helene
Nov 16, 2016
parfait
laurence
Nov 13, 2016
Magnifique
Simonne
Nov 3, 2016
Entrée facile mais il y avait très peu de monde. Trop de sollicitations depuis malheureusement
Odile
Oct 31, 2016
Lieu magnifique, mais les cellules du bas venaient d'être vidées sans qu'aucun panneau ne nous informe (du style : restauration en cours). Nous nous sommes retrouvés face à des cellules vides sans explication. On se demande si c'est normal ou pas. Nous sommes restés sur notre faim. Mais le mieu est grandiose, et l'escalier est vraiment exceptionnel.