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English, Espanol, Francais

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Take the advantage with your skip-the-line entrace ticket and head  directly inside the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and visit the museum of sculpture that features more than 70 recumbent statues and monumental tombs from the Renaissance period.

The last resting place of the kings and queens of France.

The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis, built on the tomb of Saint Denis, a bishop of Paris who died in 250 AD, was the burial ground of 43 by the death of King Dagobert between 639 and the 19th century Kings and 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy. The basilica was elevated to the rank of cathedral in 1966.

A museum of sculpture. The basilica contains over 70 horizontal statues and monumental Renaissance tombs within its walls, and it is the largest collection of funerary sculptures from the 12th to the 16th century.

The Gothic art’s birth. The church, designed by Abbot Suger, an advisor to the kings from 1135 to 1144, was completed in the 13th century under the rule of Saint Louis. This church, a significant work of Gothic art, was the first to place light, a symbol of divinity, in high regard in religious architecture.

 

In 1793, revolutionaries attacked the symbols of the monarchy but the basilica was saved from total destruction. In 1806, Napoleon ordered the building to be restored. Then Louis XVIII restored the function of necropolis to the abbey. Restoration works were carried out throughout the 19th century and were directed by architects Debret and Viollet-le-Duc. In 1966, the basilica became a cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Saint-Denis.

 

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Know Before You Go

The basilica is both a museum and a church.

Occasionally, due to funerals or special masses, the tour may be canceled or postponed. All attempts will be made to advise you as early as possible

From October to April you should dress warmly, as it can be quite cold in the cathedral

There are some steps to enter the church and reach the crypt.

The museum of the necropolis has special accesses and elevators for disabled visitors.

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  • Skip the Line Entrance to the Basilica Cathedral of Saint Denis
  • Optional gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop off

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