The Location: Metro #4, Exit "Cite", few minutes walk from the metro station. Right next to Sainte-Chapelle. The Admission: 8.5 euro This vestige of the first Capertian palace with its grand Gothic halls, converted into a prison in the 15th century. Not much to see... except the big hall. There is a gift shop there. The architecture and river view are beautiful.
During the Reign of Terror (a period of violence after the commencement of the French Revolution between 1793-1794), supposed enemies of the Revolution were imprisoned in La Conciergerie (a former palace) before awaiting trial in the neighbouring Palais de Justice. Quality of cells was determined by wealth – the well-off paid for up-grades such as private cells with their own furniture, the less fortunate were resigned to crowded living on beds of straw. Amongst the 2780 strong list of prisoners who were confined to its dungeons, famous revolutionary residents include Danton and Robespierre, and in star position, Queen Marie Antoinette, whose cell finds her sat in a dark hooded cloak before her crucifix.
Один из лучших видов на дворец правосудия - с берегов Сенны и с прогулочных корабликов!
In spite of it's historical importance, I would skip it while touring Paris. There is no big deal there and you have to pay to visit it... Unless you have children studying French Revolution who are fascinated by Marie Antoinette and they want to visit every little place in Paris she went, I would skip it for Pere Lachaise, Les Invalides, or Pantheon, which are all filled also with history but happen to have more to see.
Don't miss the cell of Marie Antoinette, where she spent her last days before being sent to the guillotine. A pair of her little slippers and a hand-written note are displayed in the cell. Thick walls and 13th century Gothic architecture add to it's medieval charm. It's located on the Seine River, west of the Île de la Cité, near the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. And as long as your in the area, see if the bird market is open.
Alongside Sainte Chappelle, La Conciergerie is just across the river - perfectly situated to gaze at from our windows. The Conciergerie was the first palace of the French kings. It has also been the prison of Marie Antoinette. Today you can take a tour to enjoy the stunning gothic architecture.
Beautiful at night !
A must see.. make sure to tour the grounds outside and find the sundial/clock engraved onto the wall. Also, clearly Marie Antoinette's cell.