Hello, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’ll introduce you Conciergerie, where used to be a Medieval Royal Palace (6th century) and then became a Revolutionary Tribunal and prison in the end of 14th century.
Next to the Sainte-Chapelle Cathedral, Conciergerie is also located in the Cité island in Paris. It consists of two parts according to time: medieval and revolutionary-era. You start your visit from a main hall where cavalry stayed. I passed by room to room, but somewhat disappointed because most medieval areas in Conciergerie were empty. It was hard for me to imagine how it used to look like with a leaflet of the monument. However, I found there’s a visual aid <histopad> which allows you to see how the rooms were in the past. I didn’t know about it when I went there, therefore I can’t give any comments on it. If you’re interested in histopad, you click here.
Meanwhile, most of revolutionary-era rooms were preserved and restored well. With samples reflecting that time, and pictures on the wall showed how the Conciergerie looked like in revolutionary-era.
The most eye-catching place in Conciergerie will be the prison of Marie Antoinette, who was the last Queen of France before the French Revolution.She had imprisoned here for 76 days before she went to the guillotine.
I wouldn’t say it’s a must-see thing here in Paris. Considering the time you should line up, the visiting time was way too short. On the leaflet, it says that average visit time is about 1 hour 15 mins. Paris Museum Pass isn’t allowed to skip the line. On the other hand, if you’re interested in french history especially revolutionary-era, the place probably draw your attention.
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂
Address : 2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Hours : 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ticket : €9 , € 14(Conciergerie + histopad) , €15(Twin ticket: Sainte Chapelle + Conciergerie),