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The Royal French Necropolis: Basilica of St Denis Tour

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    Stop At: Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, 1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis France

    The Basilica of St. Denis is the official necropolis of the French monarchy; here you will find the tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, from Dagobert in the 7th century to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Get introduced to the city and history of Paris through the kings and queens that both made and ruled it.
    Also learn about the story of St. Denis, patron saint of Paris, whom the cathedral is dedicated to and who, according to legend, walked here carrying his own head! This magnificent Gothic masterpiece was built in the 13th century, many years before the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Chosen by St. Louis to be the final resting place of the French royal family, it houses a collection of the finest medieval and Renaissance royal tombs.
    During the French Revolution, the remains of kings and queens were meticulously dug out and thrown into a mass grave. With the Restoration of the monarchy, the glory of the kings had to also be restored, but how were their bodies found after the turmoil of the Revolution? Your guide will tell you this story, as well as that of the 10-year-old son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, whose heart is preserved today in a crystal urn. 
    Learn the secrets of the lives and deaths of the French royal families on a visit to this incredible Gothic treasure.

    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Reviewed 8 July 2019

    This was the best tour we've taken in France! Our tour guide, Marouane, spoke perfect English, was born in Paris, and was a former history teacher. I love history and I could not trip him up. He knew the answer to every question I had--Marouane...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Many thanks for your kind review and recommendation! We are always especially pleased to read that our guests enjoyed the Basilica at St Denis as it's so often overlooked by visitors to Paris, and it's such a wonderful visit. Our guides very much enjoying taking...More

    Reviewed 30 August 2018

    You wouldn't think that so many royal corpses would be entombed in such a place - it's not surprising that it ended up being a place of pilgrimage. It was a 2 hour tour and the guide who took me was very knowledgeable. Very much...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
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    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

    Thank you for your review! We are always extremely happy to read positive reviews for our tour of the Basilica of St Denis. It is such a beautiful and fascinating place, and one that we would really love to take more visitors to. Many visitors...More

    Reviewed 1 May 2018

    Our group of six, spent a memorable two hours on a guided tour of Basilica St Denis with Herve from Memories DMC France. Herve brought the fascinating history of this Basilica fully to life. He demonstrated an amazing and effortless knowledge about his subject matter,...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
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    Siobhan P, Guest Relations Manager at Memories DMC France, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

    Thank you very much for your kind review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your tour of the Basilica of St Denis. It's a magnificent and fascinating place, much loved by our guides but sadly often overlooked by visitors to Paris. We hope that...More

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    Hello, we do not offer group tours in Spanish but we can book you a private tour if you wish. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you want more information!
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