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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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Address: 1 Rue de la Legion D' Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis, France
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+33 1 48 09 83 54
10:00 - 16:45
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Sun 12:00 - 16:45
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 16:45

The earliest masterpiece of French Gothic architecture, a royal abbey and...

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

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It's a little hard to get to but very well worth it. We arrived at 10 so there were not many tourists. There were a few groups of school kids so you do have to sometimes wait for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a little hard to get to but very well worth it. We arrived at 10 so there were not many tourists. There were a few groups of school kids so you do have to sometimes wait for them to move to see some of the sarcophagi. This is where Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are buried.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you like Gothic architecture do not miss this beautiful church. It's a spectacular and very old early example of a Gothic church with beautiful stained glass. In addition it's the burial place of the royalty of France dating from Francois I (at least most of him) and including most of the big names thereafter. The statuary is magnificent. Not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Far away like a hidden gem the cathedral of Notre Dame in Saint Denis is really one of the most spectacular places of Paris. First of all the Cathedral is one of the oldest gothic buildings but moreover the kings and queens as well as the crown and regalia are presented here with hardly any public present. A real recommender... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was concerned since read several that mentioned the area is not safe. I ended up decide to go just make sure to go during the day. There is a bus stop right in front of the basilica about 30 seconds walk or the metro station line 13 called Basilique de St Denis that is one block or 5-8 minutes from... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is well worth a visit, but you can view the tombs without paying the extra. It is a lovely place to visit. We went on a Sunday and there was a large market.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not only is this cathedral almost 1000 years old and one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture, it is also the burial place of most French Kings and Queens. It is easily reached by the Metro system as it is in a Northern suburb of Paris. Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette are buried here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

At the very first step inside you will feel already that you got back in history to the enchanting church where a lot of lords princes and kings are resting with their families. The windows are just out of the world, amazing!!!

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Sliac, Slovakia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

This is an epic place for everyone who likes gothic architecture and a one of the must during Paris visit. Better to visit during a day as place does not look so much safe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

The cathedral of St Denis is the necropolis of the kings and queens of France - a quite remarkable collection of funerary sculpture, with lots of history all carefully explained. This is a very special place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Although a bit out of Paris and near some questionable areas, this is definitely worth the trip. Enter the basilica, enjoy the grandeur of the space, and then proceed to the welcome booth on the side to enter the royal burial area. This houses several gravesites, monuments, and final resting places of the lines of French kings and queens. Most... More 

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