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“Kings' Burial Site”

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 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 and important historically. Can be reached by the Metro.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Thomas V
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Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Went to visit this cathedral great well worth a visit the home to many of the kings buried, and Marie Antionette Spectacular range of stained glass windows which on a beautiful sunny day did not fail to delight. Today the basilica has over 70recumbent statues and tombs, a unique collection in Europe. Visit the crypt which houses the tomb for Marie Antionette and King Louis xv11, Louis xv111 well worth a visit takes about 1 hour and 15minutes .

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lorrainem1957
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

On the day we went, the basilica was free to the public. While it was beautiful, it paled in comparison to some of the other churches we visited in Paris. The stained glass is pretty and the crypt level is interesting but I had an average experience.

Date of experience: October 2018
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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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