Conciergerie is not a museum I recommend, although its central location and a low admission price may look tempting. The highlights of Conciergerie are the Women’s Courtyard and Marie-Antoinette’s Chapel constructed in 1815 on the spot of her prison cell.

The Women’s Courtyard still has a stone table where the women ate and the fountain where they washed their clothes. As for the Chapel, it is remarkable as an early place of Marie-Antoinette’s cult; consequently, if you are in Paris to worship, then pay to me no attention, this is where you must go.

As for the reconstructions and the few artifacts there, they are not worth the seven euros. However the little plastic Marie-Antoinette in the souvenir shop is only 6,50! No toy guillotine though, sorry.


About versaillesgossip, before and after Francis Ponge

The author of the blogs Versailles Gossip and Before and After Francis Ponge, Vadim Bystritski lives and teaches in Brest France. The the three main themes of his literary endeavours are humor, the French Prose Poetry, the French XVII and XVIII Century Art and History. His writings and occasionally art has been published in a number of ezines (Eratio, Out of Nothing, Scars TV, etc). He also contributes to Pinterest where he comments on the artifiacts from the Louvre and other collections. Some of his shorter texts are in Spanish, Russian and French.
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2 Responses to Conciergerie

  1. bethanyx says:

    Toy guillotine 😀 I want one now… There’s a TV series on in the UK at the moment- Filthy Cities and tonight it’s about revolutionary France and they’ve got a guillotine!
    And another thing, what is the correct pronounciation of Conciergerie? I can’t speak any French so I often get confused! Thanks for this.

    • I happened to be away from my desk for a few days; but now I am back to answer your question: all the letters in the word Conciergerie are pronounced just as you see them, except for G which is similar to G in the GARAGE.

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