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February 5, 2002
During the revolution approx. 4000 people were enprisoned here. One of the most famous prisons was Marie-Antoinette who sat here before the guillotine made her one head shorter. Even the revolution leaders Danton and Robspierre were put here before they suffered the same destiny as the 1119 people they had sent to the guillotine at Place de la Concorde.
The building was refurbished during the 19th century but one can still see a torture chamber from the 12th century. Today Conciergerie is clean and well kept and is for concerts and winetasting.
The only knowledge I had from the French Revolution was that high prices on bread lead to a riot. And that this lead to the french revolution. Not much. Visiting these historical buildings and surroundings made me dive into books on the french revolution when I came home. Now I know a little bit more of what happened.
From journal 48 hours in Paris
May 21, 2002
But historical is not the only aspect that might make a visit to Conciergerie well worth your precious time. In fact, it is also an architectural marvel (the fact that often gets overlooked): four-aisled Gothic hall is a good example of it.
Practical suggestions: you should buy a combined ticket to Sainte-Chapelle and Conciergerie - it will cut the cost of both visits considerably. Also, do not forget to pick up a free leaflet explaining this marvellous building in detail as soon as you enter the building.
From journal Magical Paris