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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
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+33 1 48 09 83 54
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10:00 - 16:45
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Sun 12:00 - 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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An essential trip outside of Paris

This is where all French kings were crowned, and most of them now rest, including the remains of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. It's quite amazing, but the district in which it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where all French kings were crowned, and most of them now rest, including the remains of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. It's quite amazing, but the district in which it is is a suburb to the north, accessible by metro, but a bit hairy, I thought. Well worth it, however.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Denis may not be as beautiful as Notre Dame or Sainte Chappelle in Paris, but it it is older, MUCH less crowded and easier to visit and has enormous historical importance as the burial place of most French kings and queens and many other members of French royalty. It is filled with what seem like hundreds of funerary statues... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a must see. Beautiful building and great history in it. History lovers must see this place. Not that far out of Paris and easy to get to by train. The Paris museum pass gets you into this building.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If your French is up to it, it is highly recommended to take the guided tour. There are multilingual audioguides available for those who don't understand sufficient French, but our French guide was excellent and provided some extremely interesting historical insights - merci beaucoup, Madame.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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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