Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:45 PM
About
The earliest masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, a royal abbey and major pilgrimage site in the Middle Ages, the Basilica Cathedral assumed its principal role as the burial place for the kings of France as early as the 6th century. Despite being ransacked during the Revolution, the basilica houses over seventy royal tombs including those of Dagobert, François I, Catherine de Medicis and Louis XVI. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: Monday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 6.15 p.m. ; Sunday: from noon to 6.15 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: Monday to Saturday: from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. ; Sunday: from noon to 5.15 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. > During some masses. Admission fees: Adults : 7,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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Turner S
Paris, France1,062 contributions
Oct. 2021
The basilica is beautiful inside and out but the crypt of French kings and queens makes this an attractive stop for history buffs. You have to buy a ticket to access the crypt but I think it’s worth the price. You won’t get as much from it without having French, unless you get an audio guide or read up ahead of time. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It got me interested in leaning more about France’s medieval history in particular. It’s very easy to get there via the Paris metro line 13. I recommend for those interested in French history and Gothic architecture
Written 26 October 2021
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sinza2017
Orange, France395 contributions
Jun. 2021
Last visited in October 1989, I immensely enjoyed returning to the Basilique St. Denis. I love the intricate work in marble for the various tombstones of the kings and queens of France. What an amazing place of history. When you visit Versailles, you should also visit here.

Metro line 13 takes you to within a three-minute walk of this impressive cathedral. Several eateries on the square on the left as you exit the church building (entry 2).
Written 21 June 2021
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Margo R
Alexandria, VA54 contributions
Dec. 2019
This visit was pre-pandemic. I had a general idea of what to expect at the Basilica and decided to go there because I had a free afternoon in Paris. I bought my ticket at the entrance and started to explore. As often happens, the best places are the unexpected!
I consider myself pretty knowledgeable about European Middle Ages and Renaissance history but Saint Denis put me to the test! The Meravingian, Carolingian, Capetian, Bourbon and Orleans including their famous and infamous spouses are here, or at least their bones are all here.
My only regret was I should have gone with a guide...it was just too, too much for me to take in on the fly. A definite will go back to (after the pandemic, of course).
As noted by other reviewers, this is not in the best neighborhood and I did not see anywhere that looked inviting for lunch.
Don't let the neighborhood deter you. It is really a must see for anyone with an interest in history!!!
Written 1 November 2020
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Fred M
Summerville, SC2,043 contributions
May 2019
The Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, the burial place for the kings of France as early as the 6th century, is a magnificent architectural structure that has great historical significance and typifies the beauty of Paris' many churches. A visit does take one back in history and provides a sense of peace and tranquility. Truly a must visit for those who appreciate fine architecture, French history, and the beauty of Paris churches.
Written 11 April 2020
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Grahame
16 contributions
Feb. 2020
Wonderful Cathral, a sight to see. Setting is fantastic and inside is superb. One to visit, do not miss.
Written 6 March 2020
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Trekker2020
Washington DC, DC1,927 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Friends
Magnificent architectural jewel rivals Notre Dame in beauty and historical significance. While a little out of the way from the city center, saint Denis is easily reached by metro and train. The cathedral is not as visited as other landmarks so it is delightful to look and contemplate without fighting the crowds. We loved the high ceilings and impressive architecture as well as the history in this amazing place. Worth visiting anytime, it is especially timely now that beautiful Notre Dame is closed for repairs.
Written 1 March 2020
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Gordan_zg
Zagreb, Croatia51 contributions
Dec. 2019
When you are in Paris you must to go and visit this Basilica Catedral in Saint-Denis where you can find last places for all french royals (except one which remains are still in Slovenia). This is where Gothic start to be Ghotic!
Written 30 December 2019
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YO_LOOK_AT_ME
San Antonio, TX2,256 contributions
Nov. 2019
Although it took a bit of time to get here on the Metro from where we were staying, it was still worth the visit. It’s an impressive church on its on and of course what makes it interesting is it’s the resting place of so many of the French Monarchs. Having most recently watched Reign and Versailles on cable, it peaked my interest a bit to visit. Visiting actually refreshed my memory on the French Revolution, King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, along with the restoration of the monarch and eventual final overthrow of the Monarchy. Overall, the visit was well worth it and I would recommend getting the headsets when you visit as it provides even more details on each of the monuments, crypts, etc.
Written 24 December 2019
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Steven C
Long Beach, California27 contributions
May 2019
The Cathedral now only contains the funeral monuments since the bodies were destroyed during the French Revolution. The Cathedral is located at the end of the Metro Line north of central Paris. The only body that is still in its crypt is Louis XVIII who was king after the fall of Napoleon during the restoration of the monarchy.
Written 10 December 2019
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Arleneeric
Toronto, Canada56 contributions
Nov. 2019
My husband, who is a keen historian, and I took the Metro to see this famous Basilica in Paris, and found it very impressive. In fact, we wished we had had more time that afternoon, but we did allow enough time to visit the crypt where famous Kings and Queens were buried. It's a huge Basilica, the largest I've seen since Westminster Cathedral, so allow extra time to study the artifacts without needing to rush through it. Note: The only down-side of our visit was that the public toilet was located quite a distance outside of the Basilica, down the road in front of the church, and then turn right into the garden courtyard near the Museum. And then you should search for a tiny, nondescript sign indicating the toilette. I was in such a hurry after spending 1.75 hours reading all the historical plaques in the Basilica that somehow I ended up walking into the Artists Workshop room which happened to be next door to the public toilets. Thankfully however there was no one present in the Artists Workshop at the time. (fyi -The garden located between the Basilica and the Museum looked rather sparse as it was November, so there were no flowers blooming, but no doubt it'd be quite pretty in the summer).
Written 4 December 2019
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