Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis, Saint-Denis

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • Another cathedral I've read a lot about over the years. The cathedral needs restoration and some is underway now. One of the rose windows has been removed for work. Outside stone work needs replacing....  more »
  • Enjoyed this visit. Very interesting if history is your thing. The crypt was fascinating. Good price only adults pay as under 18s are free.  more »
  • The Basilica of Saint-Denis is known as the Necropolis of the Kings and Queens, and we were blessed to have such a knowledgeable guide as Herve to lead our tour. His grasp of all the kings and queens ...  more »
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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.
  • Magnificent church. You should make a detour to visit this amazing monument.
  • 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.
  • 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!