9.2.10

La Conciergerie, from royal palace to revolutionary prison

The magnificence of medieval Paris is presented by Catherine Delors with her adoption of the Conciergerie as her banner at Versailles and More, the palace of Louis IX and prison of the Royal Family. In a very interesting (and sadly all too short) article Catherine writes this about the Conciergerie...

...it is an iconic view of Paris, and it conveys the urban feeling I am seeking. It had changed very little between the Revolution and the time of the painting (1858) and amazingly enough, since then. Only the ramshackle Préfecture has been demolished to make way for a more stately building. Look at this modern view:
The medieval origin of the building is obvious from the architecture of the towers. Indeed in the Middle Ages, this was the royal palace, the Palais de la Cité, after the island of the same name in the middle of the Seine River. It was home to King Louis IX, later Saint-Louis, who had the jewel-like Sainte-Chapelle built within its grounds..." more...

In my humble opinion this palace is as imposing as Versailles. This would be one of those places on earth were I would be drawn to just sit for hours and imagine the palace in it's glory.

Once again a thanks and a tip of the beret to Catherine.

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantiogny

2 comments:

Catherine Delors said...

I agree, Richard, as impressive as Versailles. For an idea of the splendor of the interior decoration of a medieval palace, one must see the recently restored Chateau de Vincennes. Just beautiful...

Brantigny said...

I am honoured by your visit, Madame. Thank you for making a comment.
Richard