The Expiatory Chapel is a transformed area of Marie Antoinette's prison cell, where she spent the last 10 weeks of her life before her beheading. The black-walled sanctuary with stained glass windows also displays furniture and items used by the Queen, including a veiled mannequin that represents her presence in the Conciergerie even today.
The grand hall that you step into as you enter the Conciergerie is where the French kings frequently held royal banquets and feasts. Built in 1300, it is to this day the largest (69.3 m long by 27.4 m wide) surviving medieval hall in Europe.
The Girodins, a moderate parliamentary group who were sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court, were served their last meal at the Girodins' Chapel. While there were 21 members, the deputy died by suicide to avoid meeting his fate at the guillotine.
Marie Antoinette and other female prisoners were let out to exercise, wash clothes, eat, or walk around the Women's Courtyard in the days before their deaths. The arcades, garden, stone table, and fountain remain relatively unchanged.
The Conciergerie is a royal palace that was transformed into a Parliament and later into a prison during the French Revolution. Its most famous prisoner was Marie Antoinette.
The Conciergerie remains an important part of French history, especially playing a vital role during the French Revolution. The royal residence to kings in the 10th century, the Conciergerie was transformed into a Parliament, and later into a prison. Almost all those who were sentenced to death during the French Revolution were held at the Conciergerie before they were guillotined, with the most famous prisoner being Marie Antoinette.
You can visit the Expiatory Chapel which was constructed at the site of Marie Antoinette's cell and still houses furniture and items used by her. You can also marvel at the Gothic architecture of the Hall of Soldiers, and the Girodins' Chapel, and learn about life at the Conciergerie by walking through the Women's Courtyard or catching a glimpse of the cells of poor prisoners.
Tickets to the Conciergerie can be purchased online or at the venue. However, we recommend getting your tickets online for skip-the-line access. You can also opt for combo tickets and tours, enhancing your experience.
The starting price for the Conciergerie tickets is €11.5. This includes skip-the-line access to the Conciergerie. You can also get combo tickets to other nearby attractions such as the Sainte-Chapelle and the Pantheon.
The Conciergerie was built in the 6th century by Clovis, the first French king. The palace was expanded and modified under Louis IX and Philip IV. From 1812 onwards, the palace underwent several restorations under lead architect Antoine Marie Peyre.
The Conciergerie is believed to have been built in the 6th century under Clovis, the first French king.
The Conciergerie is located at 2 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France, in Île de la Cité, an island on the Seine River. It is within walking distance from Sainte-Chapelle.
The Conciergerie is located at 2 Bd du Palais, 75001 Paris, France, in Île de la Cité, an island on the Seine River. The easiest way to the Conciergerie is by metro. Both lines 4 and 7 will get you to the nearest Cité station. You can also catch the RER line B at the Gare du Nord station and get down at the Saint-Michel Notre-Dame station. Bus lines 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85, and 96 also stop by the Conciergerie. If you're driving, you can park your vehicle at one of the several paid parking facilities nearby.
The Conciergerie is open Monday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 6 PM. The last admission is at 5:30 PM.
The best time to visit the Conciergerie is on weekdays, in the morning or later afternoon, where it is less crowded. The best time to visit is during the months of April to June and again from October to early November. You can also visit the Conciergerie during December, January, or February to avoid peak season crowds.
No, it is not recommended to visit the Conciergerie if you need wheelchair assistance.
There are no restaurants within the Conciergerie. However, there are several dining options with a variety of cuisines from varying budgets near the Conciergerie.
Yes, photography is allowed except in select areas.
Sainte-Chapelle, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Pont Neuf bridge are all less than 1 km away from the Conciergerie. The Panthéon, Louvre Museum, and Palais Garnier are also located near the Conciergerie.