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
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.
All but three of the monarchs of France from the 10th century until 1789 have their remains here.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
Saint-Denis has been an important site for pilgrimages since early Christian times.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
Here you can see the magnificent tomb decorated with the Dukes of Orléans: Charles and Louis.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
Funerary monuments in the middle of the Basilica in memory of Louis 16th and Marie-Antoinette.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE
This magnificent coat was worn by soon-to-be kings during coronation ceremonies that could last up to 5 hours.© Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE