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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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Address: 1 Rue de la Legion D' Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
Phone Number: +33 1 48 09 83 54
10:00 - 16:45
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The earliest masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, a royal abbey and...

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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“First architecturally Gothic church”

If you enjoy exploring European churches and cathedrals like we do on our trips, then a visit to this one is not to be missed. The Basilica of Saint Denis is a large medieval... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you enjoy exploring European churches and cathedrals like we do on our trips, then a visit to this one is not to be missed. The Basilica of Saint Denis is a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a northern suburb of Paris. The building, has both architectural and historical importance. Completed in 1144, on a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I don't want to call the Basilique Cathedrale de Saint Denis the "Westminster Abbey" of France, but the similarities (in a tourist sense) that is where everyone who's anyone is buried is true. Just to drop names (in chronological order): Clovis I, Dagobert, Clovis II, Charles Martel, Pippin the Younger, Carloman, Henry I, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, as well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I've been viewing historical dramas like the Tudors and Reign on streaming TV and also just finished the book Eleanor or Aquitaine so the visit to the basilica was perfectly timed for me. The crypt is very large and contains the tombs of most kings and queens of France including the all of the Louis', Marie Antionette, Catherine de Medici... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

If you are interested in the history of French Royalty you have to make the time to visit this Cathedral. Pay the fee and go in - it's well worth the small fee. The tombs and effigies are amazing and the number is astonishing. We used the metro to get there and were really glad we did!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

The gothic cathedral is the resting place of centuries of kings. We went on a Sunday when the market was in the street. The diversity of the area was pleasant. Lunch in the square opposite St Denis topped off the day's outing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

My third most favorite church in Paris, after Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle. It's a little out of the way, but can be visited after Montmartre. The neighborhood isn't great, but we enjoyed seeing an area where lots of immigrates live a vibrant life. As far as the Basilica. First, it's beautiful and hugely important. The very first Gothic structure!!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

History lovers, ghost hunters, and genealogists alike will find this place fascinating! This was my top place to visit in Paris on our recent tour in Europe - it was not on the tour, but my husband and I bought a carnet of metro tickets and took the approx. 25 min. ride out there on line 13 (it is the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

You can get there by metro. The neighbourhood is not very attractive, but the church is wonderful. Take an audio guide to get more details, although there are some explanatory panels. You get a complete history lesson on French royalty. Really worth the trip. Try to go in the morning, because the afternoon seems to be more crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This was number one on my list to visit second time around to Paris, if you're into your History its a total must see even if you're not it's an outstanding piece of architecture and the stained glass is beautiful, one of a number of exceptional churches Paris has to offer. The highlights for me were the beautiful Marbles of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Cool place on a hot day. Toilets unisex and clean. Don't go if you have no interest in French kings and queens or architecture.

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