On the Île de la Cité, superb halls from the former royal palace and the prisons of the Revolutionary Tribunal. It is part of the larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes. During the French Revolution, hundreds of prisoners were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine.
The current monument contains the ruins of the Parisian palace of the Capetians. In the 14th century, Charles V abandoned this residence but maintained his seat of justice here. A ‘concierge’ was appointed with judicial powers. At the end of the 18th century, many of those brought before the Revolutionary Tribunal, sitting in the palace, were incarcerated in the Conciergerie prison, including Marie-Antoinette, whose cell was later converted into a chapel dedicated to her memory. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.
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