Just a short walk from the Notre Dame lie two must-see locations. Want to see where Queen Marie Antoinette was held captive until her death? or the most beautiful stained glass in all of Paris? Stop by La Conciergerie and Sainte-Chapelle!
With the grand opening of our brand new walking tour, “Center Stage,” we have spent the last few weeks exploring what the two islands, Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis, have to offer and of course how we can relate them to film!
While they may not be on the top of your list, these two national monuments are worth your time. La Conciergerie, once a royal palace that housed the kings and queens of France, was transformed into a prison in the late 14th century. It is infamous for detaining more than 2,600 criminals and political prisoners during The Revolution Tribunal, including: Queen Marie Antoinette, Robespierre, and Danton. *Check out films Danton and Marie Antoinette for references to La Conciergerie.
On to my personal favorite…built between 1242-1248 and commissioned by Louis IX (future Saint Louis), Sainte-Chapelle is another amazing example of the gothic architecture that can be found on Ile de la Cité. It originally served as a house to the relics of the Passion of Christ, specifically the Crown of Thorns. Although it suffered significant damage during the revolution, 15 breathtaking stained glass windows, depicting 1,113 scenes from the Bible, remain! I know you’re thinking that you have seen plenty of stained glass but trust me, this is like no other chapel. Choose a sunny day and grab a seat in the Upper Chapel to admire these windows and the alter as well.
Click Here to watch the incredible restoration process.
INSIDER TIP! Buy a ticket to both places (cheaper rate) at La Conciergerie. Make La Conciergerie your first stop, then make your way to Sainte-Chapelle and skip the ridiculously long queue! **Don’t miss the view of the Palais de Justice and its golden gate as you exit from Sainte-Chapelle.
Hours and Rates:
9:30-6pm (ticket window closes at 5:30pm)
Adult ticket: 8,50€ & 12,50€ for both locations
*FREE for minors (under 18) and for Under 26 who are either a permanent EU citizen or a non-European resident of France
Ile de la Cité.