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La Conciergerie

1, Quai de l'Horloge, entrée Boulevard du Palais, Metro : Cité

The sobs of Marie-Antoinette still haunt this conciergerie parisbuilding, Paris’ oldest Prison. It was here, confined to a dungeon, that the Queen of France and the wife of Louis XVI spent the last five weeks of her life whilst awaiting the guillotine. Located not far from Saint-Chappelle, La Conciergerie still fascinates visitors thanks to this somber souvenir of the French Revolution. At that time more than 4000 prisoners were held behind the cold, hard walls of this prison-court, all awaiting a dreaded appointment with the guillotine. Robespierre and Danton, themselves famed for implementing the system which brought these prisoners their fate, were also put to death here. The cell of the deposed Queen remains the most popular attraction but she was not the only famous detainee. Ravaillac, who assassinated King Henry IV was also confined here. Another curiosity of the Conciergerie is the gothic room of the Gens D’Armes which housed the King’s soldiers of the guard. Remarkably well preserved, it evokes perfectly barrack life at the time of its construction by Philippe the Good during the 14th century.  For those brave enough a visit to the torture chamber located in the Tour Bonbec is a must. Outside, on the corner of the quai de l’Horloge, you will find Paris’ first public clock, working perfectly despite having been made more than six centuries ago in 1370.

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5 mn walking from Studio Mazarine in St germain des Prés.

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La Place de la Concorde
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Père-Lachaise Cemetery
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Musée du Louvre
La Madeleine
Les Invalides
Ile St-Louis
Tuileries Gardens
Musée Marmottan
Passages and Galeries
le Jardin des Plantes
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