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“Surprising and different” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
1, rue de la Legion d'honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
01 48 09 83 54
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Saint-Denis
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Owner description: 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
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Surprising and different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We made our way to St Denis on recommendation from a local Parisienne. the actual approac is very unimpressive but once inside it is awesome. It was Easter Sunday and so the local tour guides weren't on duty but we used an audioguide. We loved the fact that there was so much to see and explore. The tombs, statues and vaults and the history of the basilica is well worth the visit. There are so many churches and cathedrals in Paris and indeed European cities but this one is well worth the visit. Maybe because it is on the outskirts of Paris, there are not hordes of tourists and definitely no long queues. It is a highly recommended visit.

Visited April 2014
5 Thank wilhem_7
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“beautiful early gothic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

loved this cathedral, it wasn't as ornate as some but it was so beautiful! go in the morning to get the full effect of the eastern facing windows over the altar

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Leslie A
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“Ah scaffolding.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

The entire front of the church is covered for cleaning. That is really OK because you go for the tombs not the cathedral. The tombs of Clovis, Charles Martel, Dagobert, Henri II, Catherine de Medici, Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and their son's heart. Great legend of Saint Denis and great collection of Kings of France.

Visited July 2014
4 Thank Chouette222
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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“In the shadow of Notre Dame”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Wow! What a pity there are not more visitors to this beautiful cathedral. Very interesting as it is as well the resting places of all the kings of France. The 'gisants' carved in stone are really interesting. It's a place that well deserves a visit. You will find not only a lot of very interesting history within these walls, but as well a sense of peace not found anymore in Notre Dame, which has lost its charm with far too many tourists. In June there is the festival of music with numerous concerts. Do make the detour, well worth it. Enjoy!

Visited June 2014
6 Thank joco1964
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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The Basilica St Denis is a little off the beaten track but it's definitely worth it. The area is a little run down but the basilica interior is far superior to that of Notre Dame and the royal necropolis is very interesting.

Visited June 2014
3 Thank Gary290
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