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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
+33 1 48 09 83 54
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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 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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1 rue de la Legion D Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
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"gothic architecture"
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"french kings"
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"french history"
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"stained glass"
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"buried here"
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"basilica cathedral"
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"central paris"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a marvellous place to visit if you like Gothic architecture and the tombs of French kings and queens going back over 1500 years. Even if you don't you will hopefully enjoy what is a beautiful building and will appreciate its historical significance. A...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

After 4 trips to Paris, I finally got to the Basilica. I loved it and would definitely visit again. Since my French is a bit rusty, the audio guide in English was indispensable. Took the Metro from central Paris and it was less than 5...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a huge gothic cathedral designed by the same guy responsible for Notre Dame in Paris. This is the traditional spot where the Kings of France were crowned before their triumphal parade all the way into Paris. Huge and impressive.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Read about Abbe Suger and the first Gothic structure. This is a very important historical site that gets slighted because it is not close to the heart of Paris and the neighborhood reflects the economic Ice hardship that St. Denis has endured. If you want...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an easy metro ride, only about 25 minutes from the center of Paris. The church is a short five minute walk from the metro station. The courtyard has some lovely cafes for a glass of wine or a bite of lunch. You can...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

If you enjoy gothic architecture, this is where it started in the 12th century! Amazing windows and vaulted ceilings. But pay to go into the crypt and walk among the funerary statues. Most of the French kings are buried here, including the ashes of Marie...More

Thank Diane S
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

Am not quite sure why I read a lot of negative comments about the area surrounding the Basilica but when we got there it was just a typical little town. The cathedral is spectacular. What more can one say when you are greeted with these...More

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Reviewed February 11, 2018

It was absolutely worth the 30 minute train ride from central Paris to enjoy the Basilica. A regular Metro ticket takes you out to a station that opens into a modern shopping mall, then a short walk to the church. I went on a market...More

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Reviewed February 9, 2018

More than just the burial and crowning place of french kings, this is a landmark on architectural history as this cathedral, together with that of Sens, was the very first building in which gothic architecture was applied. Even though it's a bit of a detour...More

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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Visited this cathedral while over for a rugby match. About 10 minute walk from Stade de France this basilica has many tombs of previous French kings and queens and a crypt. Lots of interesting history about the church and french royalty over the years. Well...More

Thank isobel h
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John S
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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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Zoë T
23 August 2017|
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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.
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Edith R
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Response from sydneysider48 | Reviewed this property |
Judging by the shop signs St Denis seems to have many Turkish shops and there are certainly many more "foreigners" evident here than in the more touristed areas of Paris, but the Cathedral is only about 150 metres from the... More
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