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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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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...more
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1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The cathedral is so full of history - and is the place Suger decided to visually interpret where heaven meets the earth through light. I hope this historical place is not loss on Paris; the city seems to be growing around it. Inside the cathedral...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank kaufmansn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful and not so well-know Saint-Denis Basilica. As impressive as Notre-Dame. It is famous for all its recumbent statues and monumental tombs from kings and queens of France. We aimed at the guided tour but it has unfortunately been cancelled last minute. It is probably...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 6 February 2019 via mobile

A short train ride out to a not so fabulous part of Paris, the Basilique is an example of the oldest Gothic architecture in Europe. Perhaps not as awe inspiring as other cathedrals found in Paris, it is certainly a must see for fans of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chris C
Reviewed 8 January 2019

About 100 French kings, queens, princes, princesses and other royalty are buried at St. Denis (well, in some cases they have been, um, re-collected and reassembled from the time after the Revolution when their bodies were unceremoniously discarded hither and thither, and in other cases...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HudsonValley76
Reviewed 25 December 2018

Somewhere we had always wanted to visit, it took about twenty five minutes in a taxi to travel to St Denis, north of Paris, a little further than the Stade de France rugby stadium. It is possible to travel by bus or train but taxi...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 13 December 2018 via mobile

Since it isn't as well known as Notre-Dame and far from the center of Paris, Saint-Denis is much, much quieter and less touristy than its cousin. While the rose windows are not as impressive, the rest of the stained glass is equal or better than...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 10 December 2018

All the French Kings and Queens are buried here,even Marie Antoinette and Louis XV1 were disinterred and reburied here. The church that you see today is an early Gothic design,built by Abbe Suget and became the prototype for all the Gothic Cathedrals built thereafter. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 6 December 2018

This Cathedral is located in a rather seedy area of Paris. You can take the metro to within about 400 yards of it. It is very impressive and holds a very impressive collection of tombs etc in the area that requires 9E each for entry....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2018

The church is important, as the abt of the abbey Suger decided to rebuild the church and in the process invented gothic architecture in the early 12th century. However, the choir was already rebuild 2 centuries later. The church, since 1969 a cathedral, is the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

This was the coronation site for French kings before Notre Dame was built. Beautiful Gothic church with dozens of famous kings, queens and others buried here. Well worth a visit. Easy to reach via the Metro.

Date of experience: November 2018
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14 November 2018|
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Response from Dencal1945 | Reviewed this property |
Previous answers are probably the best with taxis being quicker. However the Metro is also available and a one one trip would take about an hour. The Basilica is quite stunning and well worth the visit. I am not sure if you... More
15 May 2018|
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Response from Elisabeth V | Reviewed this property |
Additionally, the crypt is part of the church, so you just walk down into it. There is no need to make an extra trip. I would recommend not driving, but taking the metro to the church. Take Line 13 in the direction of... More
23 August 2017|
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Response from Nualabs | Reviewed this property |
We were dressed casually on the way to rugby so bot formal, however as said respectful as it is a place of worship. The entrance is free but you have to pay to enter the area where the royalty is buried.