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La Conciergerie | by TheFella
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La Conciergerie

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Upon arriving in Paris, I knew of the famous landmarks I wanted to photograph; The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, etc. I also wanted to get many more things, but didn't know where to start. Luckily our hotel had some pamphlets in the lobby. One of these was called, "The Seven Monuments of Paris." I started flicking through this and as soon as I saw the Conciergerie, I knew I had to go and get a photo of this interior. Right up my street.


We walked along the Seine for a bit, onto the Île de la Cité near Notre Dame and found the Palais de Justice. Part of this is the Conciergerie. There was no queue and not many people around, which greatly surprises me. I set up my tripod in the corner and got a few shots of this magnificent medieval hall.


This was a royal palace and prison and during the French Revolution was often the place prisoners were taken from to face the guillotine. It in fact became know as the, "antechamber to the guillotine" during the Reign of Terror. Undoubtably the most famous prisoner to be held here was Queen Marie Antoinette. This particular part is the Hall of The Guards.


If you're ever in Paris, I think you should pop along to see this place. To be honest, the rest of the building was of little interest to me, but this room alone made it worth it for me, especially from an architectural photographer point of view.



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Canon EOS 5D Mark II / ISO 100 / f/16 / 17-40mm @ 17mm

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Taken on August 19, 2011