Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis, Saint-Denis

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Discover the very first masterpiece of monumental Gothic art at Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis. For a fascinating look at a royal necropolis, you can peruse the rare collection, featuring 70 carved tombs and recumbent statues from the 12th century, the only complete set of its kind in Europe. Twelfth- and 19th-century stained-glass panels cast multicolored rays on the statues. This was a pilgrimage site, a coronation site for many queens, and the burial site of many nobles and royals, including all but three of France's kings. By using our Saint-Denis tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis and other attractions in Saint-Denis.
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  • Very accesible by metro, this gem goes thankfully unnoticed by most tourists. And what a gem it is! Probably the very first Gothic cathedral, the architecture is incredible, as is the historic signifi...  more »
  • This cathedral is only a few stops from the centre of Paris, but well away from the masses. The tombs and monuments to the French royal families are pristine and well maintained. This is a real treasu...  more »
  • A wonder in the Parisian banlieu. They just finished the restoration of the façade and now the sculptures are clean and well visible. It is so convenient to get there by subway and it is interesting to visit it before notre dame to appreciate the evolution of the Gothic.
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  • Came here for my birthday. Absolutely in heaven seeing the the Royal Necropolis - especially the Bourbon crypt under the nave. Wish I could come and visit more often.
  • It is an amazing building. In a sunny day the decorative windows make the inside look magical.
  • Is such a nice church. It's a beautiful church and is full of amazing stained glass windows. It also really important because of it history.
  • Magnificent church. You should make a detour to visit this amazing monument.
  • When the cathedrals of Paris and France can become simply "look inside and out we go" the basilica St Denis pulls you in and bids you "stay and visit our royalty, good or bad they made us the country we are today...pay homage to them and our history." Fascinating history as it regards architecture. First ever stain glass "Rose" window (thanks to Abbot Suger). This is not only a do not miss sight for tourists, it is a find me and you will be overwhelmed!

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