- 2 Boulevard du Palais
- 75001 Paris
- Phone:+33 (0)1 53 40 60 80
- Fax:+33 (0)1 53 40 60 90
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The Conciergerie, built in the 14th century for the concierge of the Palais de la Cité, was the main prison during the Reign of Terror and was used to incarcerate alleged enemies of the Revolution. Among the 2,700 prisoners held in the cachots (dungeons) here before being sent in tumbrels to the guillotine were Queen Marie-Antoinette and, as the Revolution began to turn on its own, the Revolutionary radicals Danton and Robespierre. The Gothic 14th-century Salle des Gens d’Armes (Cavalrymen’s Hall) is a fine example of the Rayonnant Gothic style. The Tour de l’Horloge (clock tower), built in 1353, has held a public clock aloft since 1370.