Saint-Lazare Prison

Paris, France

Saint-Lazare Prison

Saint-Lazare Prison was a prison in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, France.

Originally a leprosarium founded on the road from Paris to Saint-Denis at the boundary of the marshy area of the former River Seine bank in the 12th century. It was ceded on 7 January 1632 to St. Vincent de Paul and the Congregation of the Mission he had founded. At this stage it became a place of detention for people who had become an embarrassment to their families: an enclosure for "black sheep" who had brought disgrace to their relatives.



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