June 27, 2011

Palais de l'Isle

The iconic Palais de l'Isle in Annecy, France. One look at the bars on the windows and you know immediately that it was once a prison. Today, it is a museum of local history. 

The swan swimming nearby is just too perfect.

Built in the 12th century, the building wasn't actually used  as a prison until the end of the 18th century, and even then, that function ceased in 1864.

The site was certified as a historical monument in 1900.

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