Last update : 30 Oct 2010

Conciergerie

Conciergerie

2 boulevard du Palais, Paris 1er arrondissement (75001)

Category : Buildings / Administration

Period : Middle Ages

- Open to the public

- Covered place

Classified as "Historic Monument"

- More informations : conciergerie.monuments-nationaux.fr/en/

The Conciergerie is the main vestige of the former Palace of the Palais de la Cité, which was the residence and the seat of the power of the French Kings from the Xth to the XIVth century, and which extended over the site covering the current Law court of Paris. Nowadays, the building goes along the quai de l'Horloge, on the ile de la Cité, in the Ist district of Paris. He was converted in prison of State in 1370, after the renunciation of the palace by Charles V and his successors.

The prison occupied the ground floor of the building lining the quai de l'Horloge and both towers; the upper floor was reserved for the Parliament. The prison of la Conciergerie was considered during the Terror as the anteroom of the death. Few went out of it free. Queen Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned there in 1793.

Source of article : Conciergerie from Wikipedia

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