The Conciergerie is situated within the current Law court of Paris, on the Ile de la Cité, very close to the cathedral Notre-Dame. Between 1242 and 1248, Louis IX (Saint-Louis) added to the Palais de la Cité the Sainte-chapelle, to put diverse relics of the Passion of which the Crown of thorns. In the XIVth century, Charles V decides to leave this palace for the Louvre and confides the administration to a bursar, or Caretaker. From then on, his function of court and prison is strengthened. The revolutionary Court settles down there in 1793 and the Conciergerie will become the high place of the Terror promoted by Robespierre. Thousands of prisoners will be locked there, of whom Marie-Antoinette.
The Conciergerie remains one of the last testimonies of the Gothic architecture of the XIIIth and XIVth century within the capital.
Meet your guide outside the metro stop Cité (L4)
Begin your visit by discovering the Sainte Chapelle. You will explore both levels of this Chapel: the lower chapel and its walls marked with the royal seal ; the upper chapel and its gigantic stained-glass windows covered with religious messages. Then walk down the Quai de l’Horloge and discover the famous towers of the Conciergerie like the 47m high clock tower and its sundial in the glory of Henri III dating from 1585. You’ll then explore the monument, the medieval rooms with impressive proportions, as the room « des gens d’armes » used as a dining hallfor the employees of king and is now the biggest medieval room remaining in Europe.
Called ” the anteroom of the guillotine ” during the Revolution, you will aslo see former cells reserved to the ” enemies of the Republic “, and the chapel dedicated to Marie Antoinette on the place of her confinement.
A unique visit waits for you in these two buildings but symbolic of the History of France!