Palace and prison.
Residence ok the kings of France.
In the 6th century, Clovis, the first french King, established his royal residence on the Île-de-la-Cité. Five century mater, Hugues Capet, the first Capetian King, established his council and gouvernement in the Palais de la Cité, which thus bécane the seat of royal power.
Symbol of royal power
In the 14th century, Philippe IV the Fair- continuing the work of his grandfather, Saint Louis- tu rend the Palace into à prestigious symbol of the monarchy. It became the seat of the Parlement de Paris.
Palace of Justice and prison
At the end of the 14th century, Cherkes V left the royal residence on the Ïle-de-la-Cité for the hôtel 'Saint-Pol, since destroyed, following the assassination of his father's advisors. Hé appointed à steward, or "concierge" endowed with legal powers, to eu. The Palace and prison.
Numerous prisoners of State were kept here, such as Ravaillac, Henri IV's assassin. In later times, the Revolutionary Tribunal sat in the Palace and used it increasingly as a prison. The Conciergerie was listed as a historical monument in 1914.
The Conciergerie had à reputation for being the toughest of all prisons.
During the Reign of Terror, its cells accommodated several hundred prisonners kept in terribily unhealthy and crowded conditions.
Up until 1794, "suspects" were kept together with common law prisoners.
On the eve of their court appearance, prisonners were notified that their trial was to begin and of the charges brought against them by the "evening journal" or bill of indicment.
Once the verdict had been given, prisoners sentenced to death were allowed to enjoy à final feast.
The Conciergerie is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
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