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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: 01 48 09 83 54
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Description: 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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A beautiful and historic church

Since 1966, when Roman Catholic Church created the diocese of Seine St. Denis, this church has been its cathedral, but its main historic importance is that it's the first Gothic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Since 1966, when Roman Catholic Church created the diocese of Seine St. Denis, this church has been its cathedral, but its main historic importance is that it's the first Gothic church. It's very seldom in the history of art that a new style can be dated so clearly, but in 1144 a new building was dedicated here that brought together... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

A terrific experience. It holds the remains of most of the kings of France. The statuary is beautiful also the church itself has significant amount of religious art and the glass panels are as good as any The metro station is about a couple of blocks away. The square in front of the church has several restaurants

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Everyone who goes to Paris wants to visit Notre Dame Cathedral, arguably the most famous church in the world which also makes it the most visited. While it is unquestionably beautiful to look at, there are simply too many people inside the church to really appreciate the interior. The proliferation of selfie-taking self absorbed imbeciles who have no regard for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis is a bit out of the way for most tourists, but using the Metro to get there is easy and well worth the trip! Take the Metro 13 (light blue) up to Saint Denis, and get off on the second to last stop. The cathedral is about a 2 minute walk from the Metro where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Named after Denis the first Bishop of Paris, who was martyred. Queens were crowned here, but not kings. This cathedral changed Romanesque architecture; hence forth to the 'French Style' -- later called 'Gothic' - introducing those elongated, cute statues that now frequent almost every cathedral portal, - and, of course the 'Flying Buttress.' In 1264 16 kings and queens were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

The Basilique de Saint-Denis in the north of Paris is one of the "must-see" attractions when you visit this city. It is a fairly long Metro ride on line 13 that runs through Paris from Châtillon-Montrouge in the south all the way north to St.Denis Université, and you get off at Basilique de St. Denis, the stop before the end... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I'd long wanted to visit this this church but never quite found the time before. it easily exceeded my expectations as the building, the glass, and the tombs of French royalty were all fantastic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

There's a saying from my country "if you are ashame to ask, you'll be lost on your way". Well, the basilique isclose to the metro station, however, there arelots of roads, which if you mistakenly take, you'll be lost. So, make sure you ask the locals (most of them could speak only french) or bring yourself a map, or turn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

The town of Saint Denis lies 9.4 kilometers (5.8 Miles) north of Paris and is reachable by the No. 13 Metro line which is about a 35 minute ride. Do however make sure that you go in the direction of Saint Denis Universite (University) as the line divides in two and this direction is the one which will halt at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

St. Denis is easily reached on the Metro 13 subway line off the Basilica St. Denis stop (note that this end of the 13 subway line has trains going to two different points - be sure you get on a train to St. Denis - Universite. Coming out of the subway turn left, walk past the open square flea market... More 

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