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Palais de Justice in Paris, France 16 Apr 2017

Posted on 16 Apr 2017
Palais de Justice de Paris
Palais de Justice de Paris
Palais de Justice de Paris

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The Palais de Justice sits on the island of Île de la Cité in the oldest district of Paris, France. The site has been inhabited since pre-Roman times; a Gallic tribe built a fort on the island before the Romans took the area and chose the island for their official buildings and Governer's Palace. King Clovis, the first king of the Franks, resided at the Governer's Palace making it the royal residence until the French Revolution. 

The Palais de la Cité (as it was known) was redesigned throughout time, adding the Sainte-Chapelle, King Louis IX private chapel, which still exists today and the Conciergerie, which also still exists; it was the prison where Marie Antoinette was held. Today, the Palais de Justice houses law courts and a museum. Wander through the former royal residence during your free time on Insight Guides’ Luxury Paris city break.

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