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“The resting place of France's Kings” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

Basilica Cathedral of 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
London, United Kingdom
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“The resting place of France's Kings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

What a fantastic place this is! Couldn't get over the importance of Saint Denis. The audio guide really was thorough - to the point that I could not take in any more by the time I got to Catherine of Medici's tomb! The vaults are amazing, with the resting place of Marie Antoinette's ashes, and the ancient tomb of Saint Denis, himself. A veritable feast of history and art in the form of sculpture. You will not be disappointed! Easily reached via route 13 of the metro and a short, signposted walk. Worth the effort.

Visited February 2013
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“history trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

a collection of kings of France tombs
although a lot of them have been smashed during the revolution days in 1793 some of them are still fabulous ie those of Francois the First and of his son Henry the second. (both are represented with their wife while praying but underneath lie the sculptures of their corpse..very impressive...note taht the corpses which were throwed away have been gathered and are buried in a small crypt...the earliest statues you can see were made during the gothic area so all those of the kings who have ruled prior to the XIII th century (from clovis to Louis the eight) were made from the imagination of the artist
the cathedral itself comes from the very earlu middle ages around 1100...

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

Well worth the visit. Not a bad trip on the metro. Keep in mind that the cathedral is FREEZING. I like cold weather but was numb from my feet to my hands. I had a heavy coat, gloves, ear warmers and thick shoes.... Frozen. It was truly warmer outside. Just a warning. Audio guide was good and loved the cathedral but maybe wait until spring?

Visited January 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Early Gothic Treasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2012

The basilica would be well worth seeing even without the Necropolis; the Necropolis puts it over the top. The Audioguide is certainly worth getting -- but one hint if you get one: My wife and `I found it impossible to understand/adhere to the sequence on the recording. Best bet is just to wander around as you please, keying in the numbers as indicated on or near the things you see, without worrying about the order. The site is a very short walk from the Basilica subway stop. Also, the supposedly iffy neighborhood seemed perfectly placid an unthreatening to us.

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Must visit for people interested in French History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

I think this might be my favorite Cathedral in France. The building itself is historically significant, first of it's style in France (maybe the world?). Predates Notre Dame. Inside you'll find most of the French Royal Family. A rather long Metro ride, but only a short walk from the station. I put it on my don't miss list when in Paris. If you've read the sad story of Louis XVII, it's here you will find his heart.

Visited July 2012
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