The Palais de la Cité and the Conciergerie
In 1789, the Kings of France had not lived in the Palais de la Cité for more than five centuries. However, one of the kingdom’s main sovereign courts resided here: the Paris Parliament. Like the absolute monarchy’s other major institutions, it was removed in 1790. The Palais de la Cité then hosted the Cassation Tribunal, as well as Paris’s Criminal Tribunal and, lastly, the departments of the Police, Estates, Finances and Contributions (taxes). In 1793, the Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris moved here: more than 4,000 suspects were judged within these premises. Major political trials took place here, like those for Danton, Marat or Marie-Antoinette. Below the tribunal was the Conciergerie prison, today open to visitors, which could contain up to 500 or 600 prisoners at one time.
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