Thursday, May 8, 2008

Paris - La Conciergerie

Also on the Ile de la Cité, near La Sainte Chapelle, is this marvellous old building, La Conciergerie. It was originally part of the Palais de la Cité, then it became a prison during the late 14th century, and subsequently became the place where political prisoners were sent during the Revolution. The Tribunal for the Revolution was based here and sentenced over 2,500 prisoners to death at the guillotine.
The interior is now largely a museum and houses memorials to the famous or infamous prisoners, including the reconstituted cell of Marie Antoinette, although the Hall of Guards (pictured above) still dates from the Middle Ages. The present Palais de Justice now takes up most of the site surrounding La Conciergerie and La Sainte Chapelle.

The top image was taken from a boat on the Seine just before dark one afternoon, and it is a thoroughly recommended way to see Paris.

EXIF: (top) Sony Cybershot; ISO 100; 1/500 sec; f5.6.
(bottom) ISO 250; 1/30 sec; f2.4.


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