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An architectural pioneer, Basilica of Saint Denis, Monuments, La Plaine-Saint-Denis, Ile de France
An architectural pioneer

The choir and west front of Saint-Denis marked the beginning of Gothic architecture, from which model the Chartres, Senlis and Meaux cathedrals took their example.

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Basilica of Saint Denis France
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Basilica of Saint Denis

A true jewel of Gothic art, the Basilica of Saint-Denis holds some priceless treasures, the fruits of the central role it has played in both the history of art and the history of France. The first Gothic church in the world, its bold architecture was very soon held as an example both in France and in the rest of Europe. Furthermore, it has housed the necropolis, where you'll find the graves of the kings and queens of France from Dagobert to Louis XVIII, since the Middle Ages. Threatened with ruin in the 19th Century, the basilica was restored by Viollet-le-Duc.

Basilica of Saint Denis
1, rue de la Légion-d'Honneur 93200 Saint-Denis
Tel.: + 33 (0) 1 48 09 83 54 Fax: + 33 (0) 1 48 09 83 66
Email: basilique-saint-denis@monu.fr
Website: www.monum.fr
Open from October to March from 10:00am to 5:15pm and from April to September from 10:00am to 6:15pm.
Prices: ?6.10; concessions ?4.10.

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Basilica of Saint Denis

The "royal necropolis of France", Basilica of Saint Denis, Monuments, La Plaine-Saint-Denis, Ile de France
The "royal necropolis of France"

All but three of the monarchs of France from the 10th century until 1789 have their remains here.

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A place of pilgrimage, Basilica of Saint Denis, Monuments, La Plaine-Saint-Denis, Ile de France
A place of pilgrimage

Saint-Denis has been an important site for pilgrimages since early Christian times.

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A tomb in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Den, Basilica of Saint Denis, Monuments, La Plaine-Saint-Denis, Ile de France
A tomb in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Den

Here you can see the magnificent tomb decorated with the Dukes of Orléans: Charles and Louis.

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Sculptures in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint, Basilica of Saint Denis, Monuments, La Plaine-Saint-Denis, Ile de France
Sculptures in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint

Funerary monuments in the middle of the Basilica in memory of Louis 16th and Marie-Antoinette.

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The Royal Coat , Cathedral Basilica of Saint , Basilica of Saint Denis, Monuments, La Plaine-Saint-Denis, Ile de France
The Royal Coat - Cathedral Basilica of Saint

This magnificent coat was worn by soon-to-be kings during coronation ceremonies that could last up to 5 hours.

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