THE CONCIERGERIE

Sitting on the Left Bank of the Seine, this building was part of the former royal palace in the Palais de la Cite which had an administrative function. During the French Revolution in the 18th century and the Reign of Terror, hundreds of people were imprisoned here and taken from the Conciergerie to be executed by guillotine at a number of locations around Paris. Its most famous prisoners were Marie Antoinette and Robespierre. I shot this from the opposite bank with the brooding spires of the building silhouetted against some late night clouds as the traffic moved swiftly nonstop just like the waters of the river.

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