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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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Address: 1 Rue de la Legion D' Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
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+33 1 48 09 83 54
10:00 - 16:45
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Sun 12:00 - 16:45
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:45

The earliest masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, a royal abbey and...

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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Cathedral with crypt

We didn't stays in cues in the main monuments, so we took metro to the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis. Is was really right choice! There was not tourists like all over like... read more

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Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't stays in cues in the main monuments, so we took metro to the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis. Is was really right choice! There was not tourists like all over like Nottre Dame, and the Cathedral is at least as important as it. There you can see many tombs of early royal period, and also the atmosphere is... More 

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have always wanted to visit the Basilica, but was put off by tales of St Denis. In the end I went with a guide, and had a brilliant time - it is literally a tour through French history - with nearly all the French kings being buried here. It is also peaceful and quite, and IMHO better than Notre... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Basilica was beautiful and fascinating! A must visit for French history. Please note, be alert in the area, as we left and got to the metro, family was mugged and very scary as no police around and hundreds of people watched. With that said, be alert and this still is a must see!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely beautiful resting place of France's former monarchy. A must visit for any fan of France's rich history. I was particularly keen to see the final resting place of Marie Antoinette and the statue of her and Louis XVI. Compared to Robespierre's unmarked bones in the Catacombs, I feel justice eventually prevailed!

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Logatec, Slovenia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are interested in French history and their kings you must visit Basilica Saint Denis. Breath taking historical moments !!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the gritty neighborhood setting of the basilica is fairly appalling, it does not detract from the basilica itself -- an immense, ancient, gothic masterpiece. It is very easy to get to, just take line 13 to the St. Denis stop. The basilica (now a cathedral) is one block away. There are lovely renovated stained glass windows. But by far... More 

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 18 April 2017

This famous church was under restauration when we went, so we were a little disappointed. The bell tower is taken away, inside scaffoldings, and, we thought, tombs were gathered in two areas quite crowded with monuments, and not accessible. Colored glasses are very beautiful, but clearly the destruction during the Revolution has left little of its splendor. It is in... More 

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Burlington, Canada
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

It was a long Metro #13 ride to Saint-Denis but worth it. The Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis is beyond the Paris Périphérique and though it lacks the stunning surroundings of Notre Dame or Sacré Coeur it is still an amazing example of Gothic architecture. The site has held a prominent place in French history dating back to the 3rd Century.... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

A bit remote. But unlike Saint Denis who walked there with his head under the arm, you can take no. 13 metro (note 3 zones) and reach the basilica effortlessly. Don't let the modest appearance restrain you. The basilica's interior, atmosphere and everything inside is marvellous beyond words. And the thought of having present all the French kings and their... More 

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University Place, Washington
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Reviewed 8 April 2017

I was very impressed by the beautiful mausoleums for centuries of French royalty. All those Kings I vaguely remember from grammar school came back to me. You can see some of the monuments from inside the Basilica, but I would definitely pay the 9 Euro admission to the crypts. From Clovis to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, most of French... More 

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