Thursday, December 14, 2017

Exploring the Conciergerie

 From Better Homes and Gardens:
On a typically graceful Parisian avenue, by the banks of the River Seine, is a building with the darkest of histories. A structure linked to the torture and deaths of thousands of people, the Conciergerie seems out of place surrounded by the grandeur of Notre Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chappelle. This area of downtown Paris swarms with tourists at all times of year thanks to its proximity not only to Notre Dame but the Louvre Museum, the Pantheon and the Pompidou Centre. The Conciergerie has an altogether different appeal. Morbid fascination lures tourists into its below ground chambers where the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, was imprisoned as she waited to be executed. (Read more.)


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