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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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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...more
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1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
+33 1 48 09 83 54
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Somewhere we had always wanted to visit, it took about twenty five minutes in a taxi to travel to St Denis, north of Paris, a little further than the Stade de France rugby stadium. It is possible to travel by bus or train but taxi...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Since it isn't as well known as Notre-Dame and far from the center of Paris, Saint-Denis is much, much quieter and less touristy than its cousin. While the rose windows are not as impressive, the rest of the stained glass is equal or better than...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PersianSlipper
Reviewed 10 December 2018

All the French Kings and Queens are buried here,even Marie Antoinette and Louis XV1 were disinterred and reburied here. The church that you see today is an early Gothic design,built by Abbe Suget and became the prototype for all the Gothic Cathedrals built thereafter. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 853barry
Reviewed 6 December 2018

This Cathedral is located in a rather seedy area of Paris. You can take the metro to within about 400 yards of it. It is very impressive and holds a very impressive collection of tombs etc in the area that requires 9E each for entry....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank fssutton1
Reviewed 22 November 2018

The church is important, as the abt of the abbey Suger decided to rebuild the church and in the process invented gothic architecture in the early 12th century. However, the choir was already rebuild 2 centuries later. The church, since 1969 a cathedral, is the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

This was the coronation site for French kings before Notre Dame was built. Beautiful Gothic church with dozens of famous kings, queens and others buried here. Well worth a visit. Easy to reach via the Metro.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

Missed this on our first trip to Paris, but glad we visited this time. If you are interested in the Capetian and Bourbon monarchs, many are buried here. The Basilica is beautiful, supposedly the first Gothic church. King Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette are here,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 12 November 2018

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....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Spudrunner
Reviewed 28 October 2018

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 October 2018

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...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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14 November 2018|
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Response from Dencal1945 | Reviewed this property |
Previous answers are probably the best with taxis being quicker. However the Metro is also available and a one one trip would take about an hour. The Basilica is quite stunning and well worth the visit. I am not sure if you... More
15 May 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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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.