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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:45 pm
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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Last year when passing Paris I decided to visit St Denis Cathedral, I couldn't get to the cathedral because of blocked road, also I didn't think it was wise to park my car... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Last year when passing Paris I decided to visit St Denis Cathedral, I couldn't get to the cathedral because of blocked road, also I didn't think it was wise to park my car there. So this year to took a RER train from Gare du Nord and a tram to St Denis. It was well worth the visit, this is... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

A birth-place of Gothic architecture and the site of many French royal tombs and monuments, this is a wonderful place for those interested in the history of France. Take a guided tour if you can. The art historian who led ours provided a lot of assistance with interpreting the monuments. Be prepared for a very chilly church if it's cold... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Elegant arches & stained glass windows abound as one walks round the cathedral, including the burial monuments of French Kings since Clovis (6thC) through Francis I, his daughter-in-law Catherine de Medici & son Henri II, including even one for Marie Antoinette and Louis 16th - many with life size statues of the royals. It's the Westminster Abbey of France, except... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I think that this cathedral is a bit off the beaten track for tourists, and that's a pity because it's significant for a couple of reasons. The first is that the remains of many members of the French royal family are buried in the crypt, from maybe the twelfth through the nineteenth century. Marie Antionette and her husband Louis XVI... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The graves were very cool so realistic. The royals going back to some of the first are here. The stained glass with the royals is definitely a little different. The other sites.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

In our Paris visit after seeing Many other basilicas and churches we decided to see Saint Dennis. Its far from the city but has a very close metro station. Also it closes at 6 pm so you should probably take a quick tour in the morning. The difference of this basilica is that you can buy tickets to inner area... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The French name is Basilique de St-Denis. It was built atop the tomb of St Denis, the 3rd century martyr and first archbishop of Paris who was beheaded by the Romans. It was a popular pilgrimage site. Begin in the 6th, nearly every king through to the 19th century was buried there; today it hold the remains of 42 including... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It is situated in the suburbs, quite far from the city centre, but you should take the trip and enjoy the history and the late royalty.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. The building is of unique importance historically and architecturally as its choir, is considered to be the first Gothic church. I recommend it only if you stay in Paris for many days.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Beautiful cathedral where the Kings and Queens of Paris are buried (you see life-like carvings). I came here for family history research. Most visitors were French so it was nice to be away from the typical tourist hordes. There is a Bernini sculpture here too.

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Additional Information about Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

Address: 1, rue de la Legion d'honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
Phone Number: 01 48 09 83 54
Location: Europe  >  France  >  Ile-de-France  >  Seine-Saint-Denis  >  Saint-Denis
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 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

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