prison de l’Abbaye was a Paris prison in
use from 1522 to 1854.
The prison de l’Abbaye in 1793.
The final building was built by Gamard in
and made up of three floors, flanked by
and an échauguette
. It was the scene of one of the
bloodiest episodes of the French
Madame Roland, wife of the Girondin
Minister of the Interior Jean-Marie Roland
interned here on her first arrest in 1793 before being transferred
to Sainte Pélagie
occupied part of the current site of boulevard
Saint-Germain in the corner of the enclosire of Abbey of
The abbaye dated to the earliest era of
Paris, when Childebert I
(on the site
of a temple to Isis or Ceres according to legend) founded a
monastery dedicated to the Holy Cross and to St Vincent of Saragossa
, which later took
the name of its administering bishop Germain of Paris
. Its basilica became known
as "Saint-Denis of the Merovingians", since it contained the tombs
of Childebert I and others of the dynasty.
The abbey chapel in 1793.
The prison de l’Abbaye was later transformed into a military prison
and was finally demolished in 1854
construction of boulevard Saint-Germain.