The Palais de la Cité

At the very heart of the capital's 1st arrondissement, on the île de la Cité, the building contains the present-day Palace of Justice of Paris, the former Conciergerie prison and the Sainte Chapelle.

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At the Parc Saint Séverin Hotel we recommend a visit to the site of the former residence of the kings of France, who lived here from the 10th to the 14th century. In the 12th century, the Sainte Chapelle was added to the site, then, in the 14th century, the palace was partly converted into a state prison after the kings of France chose to reside elsewhere.


Sainte Chapelle


The Sainte-Chapelle is also known as the  Sainte-Chapelle du Palais since it is located in the former City Palace. It was built during the reign of Saint-Louis in the 12th century to house the crown of thorns worn by Christ, which is now kept in Notre Dame Cathedral. The chapel is a real jewel of Gothic art, which was listed as a historic monument in 1862, and has over 600 m² of stained glass windows. The chapel is outstanding because of the finesse and the elegance of the stained glass covering immense heights in comparison with other church buildings. Since 1790, the Sainte-Chapelle has not been used for religious purposes. Today, classical music concerts often take place here. At the Parc Saint-Séverin Hotel, we invite you to enjoy a chamber music concert in this truly beautiful setting.
 

The Conciergerie
 

The Conciergerie, overlooking the Quai de l’Horloge, was originally used for royal stewardship when it was the residence of the kings of France, but was turned into a prison from the 14th century, when the site was given up by Charles V and his descendents, until the 19th century. In fact, it is the oldest prison in Paris. During the Reign of Terror, over 2000 people were imprisoned in the Conciergerie, including Marie-Antoinette, Robespierre and Marshal Ney to mention only the most famous. It is possible to visit the former French queen's prison cell.

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