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“A quiet moment”

Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed 10 October 2018

After a hectic round of meetings it was wonderful to visit the Basilica, sit quietly and soak up the ambience and history. It’s worth the time to not just visit but experience the “vibe” of this lovely place.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Neil M
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

The Basilica of Saint Denis (French: Basilique royale de Saint-Denis, or simply Basilique Saint-Denis) is a large medieval abbey church in the city of Saint-Denis, now a northern suburb of Paris. The building is of unique importance historically and architecturally as its choir, completed in 1144, shows the first use of all of the elements of Gothic architecture.

This is a magnificent basilica with great history, although from the exterior it looks very much younger.

It is the burial site of many kings of France including Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Magnificent statuaries and monuments to, and of, the various Kings of France adorn the church. Some of the tombs date to the 600’s.

The church itself is typically Gothic with soaring chancelleries and beautiful stained glass windows.

This is a tranquil, peaceful spot which seems to largely escape the public crowds etc of say Sacre Coeur and Notre Dame.

Very easy to access on the Paris Metro (Metro station Saint Denis)

This is lovely spot to view a beautiful church and experience some history of the French nobility

Totally recommended

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dencal1945
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Unfortunately, when we arrived the Church was closed, it did not open until 10:00 am. The Church is in a very lively area of Montmartre, it’s a 5-minute walk from the Metro Station. You get to walk through a large out door market the Church is on the other side of the square. It’s another example of one of the many beautiful Gothic Styled Churches in Paris. Absolutely beautiful in the morning light!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jennyjackass
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Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

This is the necropolis of the Kings and queens of France. Exceptionally renovated. We caught line 13 towards Saint-Denis Basilique. It costs 9 euro for entry and you’ll marvel at the 60 plus sculpted tombs.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Katherine8998
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

This is absolutely worth the somewhat harrowing trip from central Paris. The station and surrounding area are multicultural and a little intimidating as there are many refugees and it is dirty. We did stop at the market on the way and my kids bought some coloring books. It was safe but we did have two adults. The basilica has anyone who is anyone of the French kings, even Louis XIV’s heart in a jar. It is amazing to see graves for people you read about in history books. Highly recommend for a day trip only. It can be done in a morning.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ashley l
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