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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 25 July 2018

We probably would not have visited this incredible site if our French friend had not highly recommended it to us ! There is not much mention of it in guide book ..I will write Rick Steves & ask him to add it to his book...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 25 July 2018

Our family took the Metro (line 13) to Basilique de Saint-Denis station and the basilica is just a three-minute walk away, so very easy to get to. Yet this sight isn't on most tourists' itineraries. The building itself is fascinating, the birthplace of Gothic architecture....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 23 July 2018

I had been taken here before and felt that I wanted to share it with my family. We took the train from the centre of Paris. It took us a while. We walked from the train station, about 20 minutes. It is a hidden gem....More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Beautiful Basillica. We really enjoyed the architecture of this Basillica and we spent a good 45 minutes just looking at the various creatures that adorned the outside. It is well worth the extra time if you are in north Paris to visit here. There is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Just a short metro ride from the centre Paris (38 minutes from 14th arrondisement) is this beautiful basilica filled with stained glass windows. It’s free to get inside the cathedral but costs 9€ to view the crypt where many French royals are interred including Marie...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

The Royal Basilica of St. Denis is both a cathedral and a historical monument, in which the former French kings were burried. The first mausuleum/basilica was built in the fourth century, upon the grave of the French patron saint St. Denis. The current church dates...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

I really enjoyed this cathedral. The stained glass windows were beautiful. A lot of history here with Charlemagne artifacts and many beautiful statues.

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Many of the kings of France, and their families, are buried here going back about 1500 years, I think. . I didn't find the audioguide very easy to follow around, but that didn't matter and it's worth getting. It would also be useful to read...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 21 June 2018 via mobile

Interesting alternative to queuing for Notre Dame. Few people visit here though I underestimated the primary school groups who had booked. This was the first Gothic cathedral and deserves a visit, if you are in the area. Fascinating funeral sculptures of all the royalty of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I took the time to ride the Metro up from the Latin Quarter to Saint-Denis, in order to pay respects to several royal ancestors "buried" there. (I say "buried" - because with the disruptions of all things royal during the French Revolution, I'm not quite...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.