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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
+33 1 48 09 83 54
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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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1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
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"french history"
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"gothic architecture"
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"french kings"
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"stained glass"
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"burial place"
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"buried here"
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"royal tombs"
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"his head"
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"metro line"
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"basilica cathedral"
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"central paris"
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"final resting place"
in 10 reviews
"worth the trip"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful Basillica. We really enjoyed the architecture of this Basillica and we spent a good 45 minutes just looking at the various creatures that adorned the outside. It is well worth the extra time if you are in north Paris to visit here. There is...More

Thank Tony K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just a short metro ride from the centre Paris (38 minutes from 14th arrondisement) is this beautiful basilica filled with stained glass windows. It’s free to get inside the cathedral but costs 9€ to view the crypt where many French royals are interred including Marie...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Royal Basilica of St. Denis is both a cathedral and a historical monument, in which the former French kings were burried. The first mausuleum/basilica was built in the fourth century, upon the grave of the French patron saint St. Denis. The current church dates...More

Thank Paul B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this cathedral. The stained glass windows were beautiful. A lot of history here with Charlemagne artifacts and many beautiful statues.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many of the kings of France, and their families, are buried here going back about 1500 years, I think. . I didn't find the audioguide very easy to follow around, but that didn't matter and it's worth getting. It would also be useful to read...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting alternative to queuing for Notre Dame. Few people visit here though I underestimated the primary school groups who had booked. This was the first Gothic cathedral and deserves a visit, if you are in the area. Fascinating funeral sculptures of all the royalty of...More

Thank emma c
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I took the time to ride the Metro up from the Latin Quarter to Saint-Denis, in order to pay respects to several royal ancestors "buried" there. (I say "buried" - because with the disruptions of all things royal during the French Revolution, I'm not quite...More

Thank LarryM708
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you are into European/Medieval History, this is a good place to go. You have to ride the train for 25 minutes or so as it is in the outskirts of Paris. This is not the place where the royals were crowned, but it is...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2018

I wanted to see the tombs of the Kings of France and the statues of Lous XV1 and Marie Antionette so took the train to the Basilica of St Denis. It is a beautiful church on a lovely square. The marble statues of King Louis...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

This is a marvellous place to visit if you like Gothic architecture and the tombs of French kings and queens going back over 1500 years. Even if you don't you will hopefully enjoy what is a beautiful building and will appreciate its historical significance. A...More

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John S
May 15, 2018|
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Response from Elisabeth V | Reviewed this property |
Additionally, the crypt is part of the church, so you just walk down into it. There is no need to make an extra trip. I would recommend not driving, but taking the metro to the church. Take Line 13 in the direction of... More
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Zoë T
August 23, 2017|
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Response from Nualabs | Reviewed this property |
We were dressed casually on the way to rugby so bot formal, however as said respectful as it is a place of worship. The entrance is free but you have to pay to enter the area where the royalty is buried.
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Edith R
April 6, 2016|
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Response from sydneysider48 | Reviewed this property |
Judging by the shop signs St Denis seems to have many Turkish shops and there are certainly many more "foreigners" evident here than in the more touristed areas of Paris, but the Cathedral is only about 150 metres from the... More
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