Conciergerie, 1 Quai de l’Horloge, Ile de la Cite, 1er

Conciergerie, 1 Quai de l’Horloge, Ile de la Cite, 1er

Conciergerie, 1 Quai de l'Horloge, Ile de la Cite, 1er

Serving as a prison from 1391 to 1914, the Conciergerie held notorious prisoners including Ravaillac, the assassin of Henri IV; the mass poisoner La Marquis de Brinvilliers, who had eliminated the better part of her household; and the bandit Cartouche, at one time the terror of Paris. During the French Revolution, the Conciergerie was known as the “anteroom of the guillotine” and prisoners such as Queen Marie-Antoinette were held there awaiting their executions. More than 2,700 people spent their last nights here before being carted to the guillotines.