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The Conciergerie is the building in the foreground that extends towards the bridge known as Pont au Change.

La Conciergerie is a former royal palace and prison in Paris, France, located on the west of the Île de la Cité. It is part of a larger complex known as the Palais de Justice, which is still used for judicial purposes. Hundreds of prisoners detained during the the Reign of Terror in the French Revolution were taken from La Conciergerie to be executed on the guillotine at a number of locations around Paris.

The prison was decommissioned in 1914 and was opened to the public as a national historical monument. It is today a popular tourist attraction, although only a relatively small part of the building is open to public access; much of it is still used for the Paris law courts.

The Pont au Change connects the Île de la Cité from the Palais de Justice and the Conciergerie, to the Right Bank, at the level of the Théâtre du Châtelet.

Several bridges bearing the name Pont au Change have stood on this site. It owes its name to the goldsmiths and money changers who had installed their shops on an earlier version of the bridge in the 12th century. The current bridge was constructed from 1858 to 1860, during the reign of Napoleon III, and bears his imperial insignia.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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