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La Conciergerie, France

From series “The greatest France castles ”
Year: 6 century.

The Royal Conciergerie Castle is one of the main attractions of Paris. Its history dates back to the 6th century. King Clovis initiated the construction of a castle on the island of Cité. Paris officially became the royal residence after the construction of the fortress. Each of the subsequent owners of the royal palace brought changes to it. The building combines elements of a wide variety of architectural styles today. The history of the Conciergerie as a royal residence ended in the 14th century. King Charles V was the last owner of the castle. He decided to set up his residence in the Louvre. The ancient castle in Cité was transformed into the Palace of Justice.

La Conciergerie, France The prison facilities were opened in it from that time. Officially, the Conciergerie became a prison in 1391. Fraudsters and political prisoners served their sentences in it. It is noteworthy that the conditions of detention of prisoners largely depended on their well-being. Rich criminals lived in solitary prison cells. They were furnished. These prisoners were allowed to write and read. The poor prisoners were confined in cramped cells with hard bunks. The poorest prisoners in the cell did not even have beds. Small bundles of hay replaced them.

It's hard to guess how many thousands of people spent the last days of their lives in the castle looking at its majestic view today. Excursions are conducted here. Visitors are told about the most terrible crimes committed by former prisoners, as well as about incredible executions. The Chamber of Marie Antoinette is considered one of the main attractions of the castle. The atmosphere of the past years was restored to it as much as possible. Next - Chateau de Culan

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ATM bankomat: 'HSBC PE Paris Rive Gauche' located in 0.41 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Europcar PARIS RIVOLI' is located in 0.34 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Halles Garage Réparations' in 0.58 km
Supermarket: 'Franprix' in 0.36 km
Parking: 'Parking Indigo' in 0.04 km
Apotheek: 'Réseau pharmacie de France - Conseil à l'officine de pharmacie' in 0.12 km
Police station: 'Direction de la Police Judiciaire' in 0.05 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restaurant Paul' in 0.08 km
Railway station: 'Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame' in 0.31 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Paris - Le Bourget Airport LBG - in 12 km
 »  Orly Airport ORY - in 13 km
 »  Toussus Le Noble Airport TNF - in 20 km
 »  Charles De Gaulle Airport CDG - in 23 km
 »  Pontoise Airport POX - in 28 km
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Best hotels near La Conciergerie

Wonderful Bright Studio - Ile Saint Louis

Located in 0 km from La Conciergerie
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The duplex studio features exposed wooden beams and parquet flooring, and there is a flat-screen TV in the lounge area. The open plan kitchen is … More: photo, rates and booking
Verneuil Patio Saint Germain des Pres

Located in 1 km from La Conciergerie
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The duplex apartment is made up of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets. It has a patio on the ground level and there is also a large living room … More: photo, rates and booking
Zimmer Zuper

Located in 2 km from La Conciergerie
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Rooms: 1
The studio features a wardrobe, wooden flooring, heating and a private bathroom. The kitchenette includes a stove, refrigerator and dining area. Free … More: photo, rates and booking
Villa Montmartre

Located in 3 km from La Conciergerie
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Rooms: 24
Each studio features a flat-screen TV, a seating area and a private bathroom with a shower. Guests can prepare their own meals at Villa Montmartre. … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Pyramide du Louvre
0 km - Pyramide du Louvre
Visitors of Louvre have a great opportunity to enter the Napoleon yard. There has placed an unusual and interesting construction – Pyramide du Louvre. For Paris, it became one of the main symbols of the city. The pyramid has begun to build in 1985 and finished in …
Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas House
1 km - Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas House
One of the most exciting duos contemporary designers and architects is the family Doriana and Massimiliano Fuksas. The couple has been together for more than 35 years. They never cease to amaze the world community with their bold projects. Their apartment is located on …
Gare du Nord
2 km - Gare du Nord
Gare du Nord Station is a very stylish and interesting place in Paris from the touristic point of view. This station was opened in 1864. Today it has 44 railway lines and is one of the largest in Europe. Every year this station has been served by more than 200 million …
Sacre-Coeur Basilica
3 km - Sacre-Coeur Basilica
Guests of Paris can see the Sacre Coeur Basilica. It is also an interesting example of the Byzantine style in architecture. Its construction began in 1875. It lasted until 1914. The building is striking in its scale. The height of the bell tower of the church is 94 …
Seine Waterfront
4 km - Seine Waterfront
The most romantic place in Paris is the Siena’s Embankment. There you can meet a lot of couples in love. During the walk you can enjoy the famous landmarks of the French capital. The most outstanding view is on the Eifel Tower. Some people come to the embankment for …
House on Rue D’Alsace
5 km - House on Rue D’Alsace
From the series 'Unique Living Houses'

In Paris, the amazing house with a green facade can be seen on the Rue d’Alsace. The building was designed by the world famous designer and architect Patrick Blanc. This talented architect is the developer of the concept of vertical green walls. His works adorn many …

Top destination around La Conciergerie - Paris

Famous Louvre is also one of main symbols of Paris . A former royal palace, starting from 1793 Louvre has been turned into a world-famous museum. It has gained an international fame, and one of main reasons for such a success is great works of art, including "Mona Lisa" and "Venus de Milo", that are exhibited here. The Louvre features a rich collection of paintings and sculptures that represent different eras until the XIX century. Here you will be able to see Eastern, Greek and Roman art, sculptures, and much more. The Egyptian collection occupies a significant part of the museum. Paintings by French artists of the XIV-XIX centuries, as well as works of Italian and Flemish artists are also very popular with visitors. It is better to devote one-two days to visiting the Louvre, or you will see only a very small part of the exhibitions. Louvre is not only a museum, but also a beautiful historic building, which also belongs to the French cultural heritage.

The Tuileries Gardens are located in the immediate vicinity of the Louvre . This is a perfect place for slow walks. In the XVII century, Colbert (who was, among other titles, the supreme commissary of royal buildings during the reign of Louis XIV) ordered garden architect Andre Le Notre to make a beautiful park. The garden looks today just the way it looked during those days. If you walk through the park, you will find yourself on Concorde Square , which is decorated with a Luxor obelisk of Ramses II. Walk a bit further, and you will reach Place Vendome famous for its numerous jewelry shops.
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