Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis

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Discover the very first masterpiece of monumental Gothic art at Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis. For a fascinating look at a royal necropolis, you can peruse the rare collection, featuring 70 carved tombs and recumbent statues from the 12th century, the only complete set of its kind in Europe. Twelfth- and 19th-century stained-glass panels cast multicolored rays on the statues. This was a pilgrimage site, a coronation site for many queens, and the burial site of many nobles and royals, including all but three of France's kings. Put Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and other Saint-Denis attractions into our Saint-Denis trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This visit was pre-pandemic. I had a general idea of what to expect at the Basilica and decided to go there because I had a free afternoon in Paris. I bought my ticket at the entrance and started to....  more »
  • The Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, the burial place for the kings of France as early as the 6th century, is a magnificent architectural structure that has great historical significance and...  more »
  • I have no words ... I was overwhelmed by the aura upon entering. We did the English tour and learned so much. It is late in the evening now and I am still looking back on the beauty, awe, eeriness and sadness. I am so blessed to have visited this Basilica in my lifetime. For those who have a heart, love history or are researching ancestors (my reason) you must visit. xx.
  • A hidden gem. This is the resting place of the kings of France as well as Marie Antoinette. Although a little way out from the sites in the centre of Paris, it is well worth a visit, the Metro takes you to within 2 minutes walk to the Basilica. The stained glass windows reflect the most beautiful coloured light, giving a sense of peace and restfulness. It has a rightful place amongst the other great cathedrals of Paris.

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