La Conciergerie Approx. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easiest

As part of the modern day Palais de Justice, the Conciergerie was the original home to the medieval royalty before the Louvre, but served the majority of its history as prison from 1391-1610. During the French revolution, the Conciergerie retained over 4,000 prisoners, of which their most famous, Marie Antoinette, who was held in a tiny cell for 3 years before her execution in 1793. The Conciergerie fascinates with its medieval architecture, its infamous Gothic hall,11th-century torture chamber and 14th-century clock tower. Today the Conciergerie houses an enlightening and educational exhibit on the French Revolution as well as a life-like recreation of Marie Antoinette's holding cell.