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Reviewed 4 days ago

Most of the tourist sites are closed on Mondays except the Louvre. So every tourist in Paris will be at the Louvre on a Monday. We noticed St Denis Cathedral is open on Mondays. It's near a metro station on the northern edge of Paris. We arrived and it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Every King and Queen of France is buried here - even Marie Antoinette (or at least the bits that were left). The stained glass, wood carvings and sculpture are amazing. This site felt like a very special find.

Thank Spudrunner
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to get to on the northern edge of Paris, this cathedral is a wonderful example of early Gothic architecture. The church itself has very nice stained glass, lots of intricate carvings and wonderful tombs with a wide range of depictions of the occupants. It is from the 12th century, on top of an older crypt. There is a little "treasury" with crowns and other regalia.
It is on the north edge of Paris, a short walk from the Métro stop. The location and the scale of the site make it ideal for a half-day trip out of central Paris. It's not the later Chartres, but it's right there in Paris.

Thank SugarMountain1
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Many of France's kings were buried here. Unfortunately many graves were dug up during the Revolution, and then there was an effort for re-burial. So it's a bit of a mess now. But this huge cathedral, much the same design as Notre Dame, is grand and important historically. Can be reached by the Metro.

Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went to visit this cathedral great well worth a visit the home to many of the kings buried, and Marie Antionette Spectacular range of stained glass windows which on a beautiful sunny day did not fail to delight. Today the basilica has over 70recumbent statues and tombs, a unique collection in Europe. Visit the crypt which houses the tomb for Marie Antionette and King Louis xv11, Louis xv111 well worth a visit takes about 1 hour and 15minutes .

Thank lorrainem1957
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On the day we went, the basilica was free to the public. While it was beautiful, it paled in comparison to some of the other churches we visited in Paris. The stained glass is pretty and the crypt level is interesting but I had an average experience.

Thank Sydney221
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

After a hectic round of meetings it was wonderful to visit the Basilica, sit quietly and soak up the ambience and history. It’s worth the time to not just visit but experience the “vibe” of this lovely place.

Thank Neil M
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Reviewed October 8, 2018

The Basilica of Saint Denis (French: Basilique royale de Saint-Denis, or simply Basilique Saint-Denis) is a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a northern suburb of Paris. The building is of unique importance historically and architecturally as its choir, completed in 1144, shows the first use of all of the elements of Gothic architecture.

This is a magnificent basilica with great history, although from the exterior it looks very much younger.

It is the burial site of many kings of France including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Magnificent statuaries and monuments to, and of, the various Kings of France adorn the church. Some of the tombs date to the 600’s.

The church itself is typically Gothic with soaring chancelleries and beautiful stained glass windows.

This is a tranquil, peaceful spot which seems to largely escape the public crowds etc of say Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame.

Very easy to access on the Paris Metro (Metro station Saint Denis)

This is lovely spot to view a beautiful church and experience some history of the French nobility

Totally recommended

Thank Dencal1945
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Unfortunately, when we arrived the Church was closed, it did not open until 10:00 am. The Church is in a very lively area of Montmartre, it’s a 5-minute walk from the Metro Station. You get to walk through a large out door market the Church is on the other side of the square. It’s another example of one of the many beautiful Gothic Styled Churches in Paris. Absolutely beautiful in the morning light!

Thank jennyjackass
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Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

This is the necropolis of the Kings and queens of France. Exceptionally renovated. We caught line 13 towards Saint-Denis Basilique. It costs 9 euro for entry and you’ll marvel at the 60 plus sculpted tombs.

Thank Katherine8998
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Reviewed September 20, 2018 via mobile

This is absolutely worth the somewhat harrowing trip from central Paris. The station and surrounding area are multicultural and a little intimidating as there are many refugees and it is dirty. We did stop at the market on the way and my kids bought some coloring books. It was safe but we did have two adults. The basilica has anyone who is anyone of the French kings, even Louis XIV’s heart in a jar. It is amazing to see graves for people you read about in history books. Highly recommend for a day trip only. It can be done in a morning.

Thank ashley l
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