Visit the Conciergerie in Paris, a key location in the French Revolution and prison of Maria Antoniette.
Before the guillotine, there was the Conciergerie. The daunting Palais de la Cité, whose grey turrets hang over the Seine, was once a royal palace, residence of the kings of France, but became the setting for endless horrors in the French Revolution when it was used as a prison. Notable occupants include Henry XVI and Marie Antoinette, who occupied a cell among the prisoners.
Today, you can see where the guards dined at the Men-At-Arms room, the room where Marie Antoinette powdered her face for the last time, just before her execution. There is also a recreation of her cell, complete with furniture and mannequins.
Most poignant is the memorial room, where the names of the 2,780 prisoners who lost their heads to the guillotine are written high.
2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris
Every day, 9:30 - 18:00. Last admissions half an hour before closing time.
Closed on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th.
FREE admission to children under 18, 18-25 year-olds from the EU, disabled visitors and their carers.
Nearest Métro: Cité (line 4). RER: St Michel - Notre Dame (lines B & C).
Bus: Routes 21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81 & 85.
Batobus: St Michel - Notre Dame.
Cover picture and photo n°3 - © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Amélie Dupont
Photo n°1 - © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : © Sarah Sergent