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Reviewed 8 August 2019

The number of tourist attractions in Paris is simply enormous. There are churches that – if transferred to another city – could be the 'must sees' anywhere else. Sadly, as they are located in Paris, nobody has ever heard about them, because everyone keeps talking about Notre Dame or Sacre-Coeur or Sainte-Chapelle. Of course the threat of being forgotten is not the case of St. Denis. It is a major tourist spot but still not as popular and not as respected as it should be. Because – make no mistake! - St. Denis is the heart of French history and, if we remember that France is a kind of heart of Europe, it's the heart of European history too. Seeing the tombs of almost all the French rulers, starting with the legendary times when Europe was being born (Frankish Empire, existing between the Ancient Times and Middle Ages) through the time of Philippe Le Bel and the Templars, to the Revolution and post-revolutionary times, is a breath-taking experience. Well, I guess it should be breath-taking for everyone, not only history teachers. Meanwhile – there are no crowds queuing in f\ront of St. Denis, the tickets are quite cheap and the surrounding area is rather... well, calling it not-very-touristy may be considered as a sort of understatement. That's why we believe that St. Denis deserves more promotion. Probably one the most impressive parts of my stay in Paris.

Date of experience: August 2019
4  Thank marcin m
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Reviewed 23 July 2019 via mobile

What a find! And what a beautiful building. So interesting and full of amazing history. It is worth paying to go to the crypt. Visit the Information Centre first and receive a voucher to receive a discounted rate. The ladies at the Information Centre are friendly and helpful. Take some time to read about St Denis.

Date of experience: July 2019
3  Thank TammyD1183
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Reviewed 10 July 2019

Not the normal type of thing that I enjoy but it was very beautiful and educational. Definitely pay for the headphones. Without them we would have been lost. I had a knee injury and walking was difficult so this was not the tour for me. The rest of my Party loved it. Depending on your interest level, you could spend hours and hours here to see & listen to it all.

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 8 July 2019

This fantastically beautiful building is of singular importance both historically and architecturally: started in 1144, it was the first church to built in the Gothic architectural style. The organ was built in 1841, and was the first organ built to have "romantic," rather than baroque, sounds. All but three of the Kings of France are buried in the Basilica, as well as a few other monarchs. We took the Metro from our Paris hotel, it stops a block from the church. Late afternoon, fantastic windows!

Date of experience: June 2019
4  Thank MdDaddyBear
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Reviewed 5 July 2019

Not sure why this isn't a must-see in Paris. Very old gothic cathedral that is the burial site for most of the kings of France. It was fascinating to see all the tombs, especially in the crypt. It is a easy Metro ride from the heart of Paris. Located on a square next to the City Hall. We went on a Saturday afternoon and had drinks at a cafe afterwards and watched the couples and their parties arrive to get married at the City Hall.

Date of experience: June 2019
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