Conciergerie (Paris, France)

The Conciergerie is a former prison in Paris, France located on the Island of the City (Île de la Cité) that held thousands of prisoners during the French Revolution – the most famous of which was Marie Antoinette. Most of the prisoners did not spend long here as they were paraded out to the guillotine to be beheaded at various stations around the city. It is estimated (probably low) that 2,700 people were beheaded just from this prison during the Reign of Terror.

Conciergerie (Paris, France)

Conciergerie (Paris, France)

The cells themselves were very small and not really notable. However, the entryway to the Conciergerie is original to the building from the medieval times. Here are a couple additional shots of details of the archways in the entryway/basement of the prison – just a remarkable building:

Arches in Detail – Conciergerie (Paris, France)

Conciergerie Arches - details 2 (Paris, France)

Closeup on the Arches – Conciergerie (Paris, France)

Conciergerie Arches - details (Paris, France)

The Cell of Marie Anotoinette – Conciergerie (Paris, France)

The Cell of Marie Antoinette (Conciergerie - Paris, France)

We almost skipped this location but we had to use the bathroom and there were not any lines to get in. It was covered by our city pass so we figured we’d head in before moving onto the next destination – we wound up staying here for well over an hour and even came back the next day to buy a souvenir.

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