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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
Toronto, Canada
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“Hidden gem”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

For history buffs this is a must. Easily accessible by subway, surrounded by a historical square with restaurants but still the environs is easily imagined as it was centuries ago. Strongly recommend a guided tour (in French only) or auto guide, many languages available. Don't be put off that it is off the beaten path. Cannot understand why this is not more publicized. The kings and queens of France are buried here and in some cases the remains have been repatriated. The Basillica has had a long history with the various Royal families. Highlight final resting place of the remains of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI and many others from the beginning of the various Royal Dynasties.

Visited April 2013
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“Worth the detour”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Famous for hosting most of France's Kings and Queens, the basilica is worth the trip up to St Denis. Whether you have to go there for a match or concert at the Stade de France or even if you're in Paris I would definitely suggest the tour.

Visited March 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

If you enjoy history then this is well worth the trip out of central Paris. The burial place of France's Kings and Queens including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“The resting place of France's Kings”
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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Paris, France
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“history trip”
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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