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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis: Tours & Tickets

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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 2 weeks ago

Fascinating and diverse neighborhood -- don't believe the hype -- it's perfectly safe. This is a little traveled-to spot that should be on anyone's radar who loves history and/or the church. It's been restored since I saw it 30 years ago, and I am SO...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Paula W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really fascinating basilica with a very significant royal history. Taking the time to see the crypt and the sarcophagi is well worth it. Easy to get to by metro.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank russell c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I finally made it out to this site and was amazingly surprised. All of the history of Paris is right here in the crypt. The church looks rather non-descript from the outside but inside was beautiful and to see kings and queens from the last...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Gatorfan1987
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our last afternoon in Paris we decided to take the Metro to the Basilica & have lunch in that area. The Basilica is being restored and congratulations to the workers for the excellent job. Restoration work completed so far clearly illustrates how important the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 14, 2019 via mobile

This is in my opinion the most historically significant church in Paris!! Perhaps people do not go because it is not in the center of Paris! It is a beautiful church! The first major gothic church and model for Notre Dame! And the Kings of...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 11, 2019

This was our last cathedral on our list and we saved the best for last. Cathedral was beautiful but the history of the royal families buried there was fascinating.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Deborah W
Reviewed September 29, 2019 via mobile

What a fascinating place just drenched in history. Saint Denis is important for two reasons, it’s architecture is the birth of the Gothic style and it was the burying place of French royalty as far back as Dagobert and Pepin the Short! We're talking 5th...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank DEngelJ
Reviewed September 22, 2019 via mobile

I visited the cathedral which seemed so out of place in comparison to the local area. I took time to walk in and around the building, and walk around the local market to see the locals and I found a little stall with boxes of...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ruva08
Reviewed September 19, 2019

I really love to visit cathedral and look for architecture. This cathedral was one of the best I had visited until now. Cant' afford to miss.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Modi1986
Reviewed September 18, 2019

We visited this place after State de France, the architecture is magnificent, it's french style. Love to admire and pray there

Date of experience: May 2019
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April 3, 2019|
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Response from PersianSlipper | Reviewed this property |
Yes, take line 13 to the Basilica stop. There is a museum about the history of Saint-Denis and a large park near the Basilica.
November 13, 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
May 15, 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