We decided to go into the Conciergerie, after having walked past and admired the magnificent building from the streets on another occasion. Known as the Palace of Justice, this palace was one of the principal places of detention during the French Revolution, with the installation of the Revolutionary Court. Its most famous prisoner was Marie-Antoinette. During the Restoration, a commemorative chapel was erected on the site of her cell.
No history lessons, novels, plays or movies match the sobering reality of standing in the chambers and tiny women's courtyard where Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned in her final days.