Member Rating 4 out of 5 by aliante1981 on May 21, 2002

Conciergerie - today part of Palais de Justice, it is best visited together with Sainte-Chapelle (and cheaper, too!). This grim but still elegant building has many reasons that make a visit to it one of the things highest on a 'must-see' list for a tourist in Paris. First aspect is historical: it served as a prison for many years and in this way, was home to many famous personalities (it's sometimes surprising to me how many of them actually crossed the threshold of a prison in those days): Francois Ravalliac (who assasinated Henry IV), Marie-Antoinette (killed lated) and Charlotte Corday, who killed one of the most famous revolutionaries of France - that is Marat.

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.

1 quai de l'Horloge
Paris, France, 75001

© LP 2000-2009