Paris Day 3: Beauty, Passion, Religion, Justice and History
December 2, 2009 § 1 Comment
“…next, we crossed the bridge to visit La Conciergerie. Originally the palace of the French kings, it was vacated by the royal family after one king endured the scarring episode of seeing his ministers’ throats slit when he was (unsuccessfully) attacked there during an (equally passionate but unsuccessful) uprising. The sturdy medieval building was then converted to a prison for use during the Revolution, when Robespierre presided over trials where the kings used to dine. Marie Antoinette was also held there until her death – you can see her “apartments” – and Robespierre spend a few of his final hours there before he was taken elsewhere to die, crushed by the unstoppable machinery of the Revolution…”
Read the rest of my entry for Day 3 of my Paris trip here. Enjoy!