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The Conciergerie

The Île de la Cité is in the center of Paris where you can visit the Conciergerie, an important place that is related to French History. This place has its own particular story which you can’t even imagine.

The Conciergerie

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The Conciergerie, was a neo gothic ancient royal palace of the King Philip the Fair that turned into a prison in the 14th Century. Those who acted during the French Revolution were convicted in the Conciergerie. Between 1793 and 1794 more than 2 600 prisoners were to be executed, among them there was Marie Antoinette and Madame du Barry.   The Conciergerie has three towers and the Tour de l’Horloge (Clock Tower) which was the first public clock in Paris. In the Conciergerie there are the Guards Room and the Hall of soldiers, where there are permanent exhibitions about the French Revolution. These exhibitions aren’t always the same, it may differ according to the season. You can also find a reconstitution of Marie Antoinette’s prison cell with wax characters. The Conciergerie, is worth a visit, you can  experience again the French Revolution. At the end of your visit, you will be able to see this beautiful chapelle which is not far from the Conciergerie.

 

Why is it worth a visit?

The Conciergerie

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If you visit the Conciergerie, you will be able to see an exhibition once you pay a small fee. Currently, there is a photography exhibition named Corps & Âmes which is available until May 22nd. For those you want to get more information about the Conciergerie during the visit, documents are available in different languages, such as in English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.  There are many things to do after the visit. If you are hungry there are many restaurants in the area, you can sit and have a lunch, with a nice view of the city, sitting on a terrace.

 

Guided tours

The Conciergerie

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If you think that you won’t be able to see everything, tend for a guided tour of the Conciergerie. You have many options :

Paris Walking tour- The French Revolution is 2 two hours guided tour which allow you to explore one of the important moment of the French history.

Book – €20

The Private Tour: Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sainte Chapelle and the Conciergerie is a 3 hours guided tour

Book – €115

I recommand the Heart of Paris Tour: Notre-Dame and Ile de la Cite with wine tasting, a 3 hours guided tour where you can visit this site like a Parisian.

Book – €39

You can buy a package to visit 4 places of Paris’ most essential historical landmarks for you to experience during your stay in this beautiful city: Château de Versailles, Sainte-Chapelle, the Conciergerie, and Notre Dame.

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How to get there

The Conciergerie

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The Conciergerie is located at 2, boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris. The nearest station are Châtelet (métro line 1,4,7,11,14 or R.E.R line A, B and D) Saint-Michel (metro line 4 or R.E.R line C) and Cité (metro line 4). You can go by metro, R.E.R or bus (21, 24, 27, 38, 58, 81, 85, 96 or Balabus). If you want to plan your journey to the Conciergerie, check this website.

 

Ticket and Hours

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It is opened every day from 9:30 AM to 6 PM, except January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. There are different rates for the tickets according to your age and status. The full price is 8. 50 euros and the reduced one is 6. 50 euros. If you are a group of 20 people or more it’s 6. 50 euros. There is free admission for those under 18, students within the EU, people with disabilities and jobseekers. As most of the attractions in Paris, the entries to the Conciergerie are free every first Sundays of the month. There is another possibility: buying a combined ticket to visit the Conciergerie and the Sainte –Chapelle. As these two places are nearby, it won’t take you a lot of time and they are kind of related because of the neo gothic style of the buildings. Get more information in the officiel website.

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Conciergerie

Sainte Chapelle

 

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Sainte Chapelle

Discover Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle is a medieval chapel known for its 1,113 breathtaking stain glass windows and gothic architecture in the heart of Paris.

History

Sainte Chapelle was built in 1239 for King Louis IX, also known as Saint Louis, to house his collection of the relics of Christ. Possessing these relics indicated to other kingdoms that Louis IX was the most powerful monarch in the Western world. Among the relics collected by Louis IX was Christ’s Crown of Thorns. Thus, Sainte Chapelle is a monument symbolic of French history and power, as well as the importance of Christianity during French medieval times.

The Stained Glass

Sainte Chapelle

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The history of Sainte Chapelle is interesting, but the stained glass on the second level of the chapel will leave you speechless. You will take a tiny staircase once inside the chapel that leads to the second floor. The second floor was used by King Louis IX while the first floor was used by members of the community.

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There are over 1,000 stained glass panels covering three sides of the chapel. Each panel is 15 meters high. The windows tell biblical stories from the Old Testament and the New Testament up until the present day of Louis IX. Despite having been slightly damaged since their construction, they appear to be in mint condition to the everyday viewer.

 

What Else to See

Aside from the famous stained glass windows that make Sainte Chapelle glisten like a jewel, you will see gothic rayonnant architecture at its finest. Windows, high pointed towers, and lacey imagery characterize the chapel’s exterior. On the inside of the chapel, rich colors decorate walls and beautiful arches will lead your eyes to the magnificent ceiling.

Sainte Chapelle

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Sainte Chapelle

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Although Sainte Chapelle is the less famous church on the island of Île de la Cité, it offers visitors beautiful gothic architecture, immense stained glass windows, and an interesting history. Don’t miss out on Sainte Chapelle!

Planning Your Trip

Sainte Chapelle is open daily from 9AM to 1PM. At 2:15PM, the chapel reopens until 5PM.

Ticket Options and Prices

Full Price: 8.5€

Reduced Price: 6.5€

Group Price (greater than 20 people): 6.5€ per person

Free Admission: people under 18, people ages 18 – 25 who live in the EU or are residents in France, disabled people, jobseekers 

TICKET INFORMATION

Typically, there is a line to enter Sainte Chapelle. Since it is located right next to the Palais du Justice, their lines are right next to each other. While waiting, make sure you are in the right line for Sainte Chapelle.

Getting There

 If you are taking the metro to Sainte Chapelle, you will take Line 4 and get off at the Cité stop. Sainte Chapelle is equally accessible by buses 21, 27, 38, 85 and 96, as well as the Balabus. For more specific route planning and transportation options, check out the RATP website.

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Sainte-Chapelle Gothic masterpiece of Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, a Gothic Masterpiece in Paris

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Sainte-Chapelle Gothic masterpiece of ParisTucked away in the Ile-de-la-Cité lies the magnificent Sainte-Chapelle. Built to house the relics of the Passion of the Christ, the chapel features beautiful stained-glass windows depicting some of the most well-known biblical tales. Carefully constructed between 1242 and 1248 under the rule of Louis IX, it is comprised of two sanctuaries: one for the public and one exclusively for the royals.

The lower sanctuary, buiSainte-Chapelle Gothic masterpiece of Parislt for the public, houses the oldest wall painting in Paris, a scene from the Annunciation. A statue of the Virgin Mary stands at the door surrounded by columns featuring the fleur-de-lys and the towers of Louis IX’s mother, Queen Blanche de Castile.

As you step inside the upper sanctuary, you are surrounded by the gleaming reds, blues, and greSainte-Chapelle Gothic masterpiece of Parisens of 15 stained glass windows. Fourteen of the impressive windows depict over 1,113 biblical scenes and are read from left to right from the bottom upwards. The 15th window, noticeably different from the rest, tells the tale of the relics and is read in a zig-zag pattern.

The chapel, a masterpiece of High Gothic architecture, served as home to the 22 relics of the Passion of the Christ until the RevolutioSainte-Chapelle Gothic masterpiece of Parisn, when the majority of the relics were destroyed. Those that survived have since been transferred to the treasury of the Notre-Dame de Paris, where they remain to this day.

Although the Revolution took its toll on the chapel, it underwent a massive restoration in the 19th century to preserve its fading glory. Today, after years of restorative work, the Sainte-Chapelle is truly a sight to behold. When you step inside, you can’t help but feel captivated by its gorgeous detail and magnificence presence, remnants of a glorious age in the history of France.

For whom: Everybody!
How much: 6.50€ to 8.50€, FREE -18, audio guide 3€ to 4.50€ 
Duration: roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour 
Please note: Do not bring any sharp metal objects with you, as there is a thorough security check at the entrance. 

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