The Conciergerie

Located on the banks of the Seine, on the île de la Cîté, a stone's throw from Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Conciergerie is an emblematic parisian building. It is one of the last remains of the immense Palais de la Cité, the residence of the kings of France from the 10th to the 14th centuries. We invite you to explore this monument through the perspectives of two Canadian artists!

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The Conciergerie through Tyler's eyes

Tyler Conciergerie

Monday, October 21st, 2019

The Conciergerie is a castle formerly used as a prison, now serves as law courts. One of its most famous prisoners was Marie Antoinette, held for a year before her execution. I love hearing about the history while exploring the space. The monument is housing a temporary exhibition on the depictions of Marie-Antoinette. It was astonishing to see how much she was depicted throughout time considering how uneventful her rule was. Sainte Chapelle is nestled within the building and I was absolutely blown away by the stain glass windows including the infamous rose window. So if you are in Paris, I would definitely add this to the list of sights to see.

The Conciergerie through Drowster's eyes

Olivier Conciergerie

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Originally built in the Middle Ages to serve as a residence for the kings of France, the Conciergerie was transformed over the years into a prison during the French Revolution and finally became a courthouse. Until the end of January 2020, the building houses an exhibition on Marie-Antoinette where she was decapitated 226 years ago.

Looking at this image, I can only imagine the thousand and one stories that happened behind these walls that seemed to come straight out of a fairytale. The icing on the cake is that this whole complex is located on Île de la Cité in the middle of the Seine.