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Paris: Basilique Saint Denis Entry Ticket

1. Paris: Basilique Saint Denis Entry Ticket

Take the short journey to the northern suburbs of Paris, and arrive at the incredible Basilique Saint-Denis. Built on the grave of Saint-Denis, the royal abbey was the burial place of 43 kings, 32 queens, and 10 servants to the monarchy. The basilica was raised to the rank of cathedral in 1966. Discover the largest collection of funerary sculpture from the 12th to the 16th-centuries contained within the basilica's walls. Admire stunning examples of Gothic art and architecture as you stroll through the inside and outside of the building. Find out how the architect's emphasis on the importance of light, a symbol of divinity, was revolutionary at its time. See the last resting place of the Kings of France and its unique collection of 70 sculpted tombs.

Necropolis of Kings and Queens: Basilica of St. Denis Tour

2. Necropolis of Kings and Queens: Basilica of St. Denis Tour

Hear about the Catholic legend of St. Denis, the first bishop of Paris, who was decapitated. Holding his head under his arm, he gave a sermon while walking to the site where the basilica was to be built some 900 years later. Saint Louis selected this site for his family’s tombs, and the basilica now contains a collection of intricately sculpted sarcophagi. Explore the official necropolis of the French Monarchy on this 2.5-hour guided tour. In all there are tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, from the 7th-century King Dagobert through Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. A guided visit of the site takes you through much of the history of Paris itself.

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What people are saying about Basilica of St. Denis

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 92 reviews

Beautiful piece of history in the unproper location. Saint Denis, the city, is crazy, the feeling of unsecurity is so strong that it somehow ruins the pleasure of visiting the cathedral. Nevertheless, Saint Denis Basilica is amazing, it surely worth the trouble to go there.

This was a fascinating tour (self guided - an audio guide is available at the ticket office for €3). So many of France’s best known leaders (pre-1900s to ancient times) are entombed there. The neighborhood is a little sketchy, but it’s ok.

Really worth the trip to see this masterpiece of funereal art and the burial sites of famous French royslty

So cool to see all the burial places for many French kings. The church is beautiful and quite fascinating

knowledgeable guide. Experienced. Was open to many questions.