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VIEW OF THE "CONCIERGERIE" AND THE RIVER SEINE


The CONCIERGERIE (French, concierge) or also, Palais de la Cité, is a historic building in Paris occupied by the clock spring, on the island of the Cité, in the first arrondissement.
The palace was the residence and the seat of power of the kings of France from the tenth to fourteenth centuries, later became the state prison in 1392 following the abandonment of the palace by Charles V and his successors.
The prison occupied the ground floor of the building bordering the clock spring and the two towers: the upper floors were reserved for Parliament.
La Conciergerie designated, in principle, the janitor's house, then by extension, the prison in which he guarded prisoners. The concierge was in charge of the keys to the Royal Palace and the candles and lighting candles.
The prison of the Conciergerie was considered during the Terror, as the antechamber of death. Few were those who could go free with it. Queen Marie Antoinette was imprisoned here in 1793.

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