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Saint-Denis Travel Guide: 98 reviews and 330 photos

42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses, 10 great men of France rest in Saint-Denis in more than 70 Renaissance monumental tombs.

Located at 10 km from the center of Paris, the suburb of Saint-Denis is home to the royal necropolis of Saint Denis Basilica but also of France's national stadium, Stade de France, built for the 1998 Football World Cup.

But Saint-Denis has a long history.

Around the year 250 Saint Denis, the first bishop of Paris and patron saint of France, was martyred and buried in the cemetery of Catolacus, a village located on this place.

His tomb soon became an important pilgrimage place and in 475 on Sainte Genevieve order a small chapel was built on Denis's tomb.

Dagobert I was the one that transformed the small chapel into a royal monastery and starting from him almost every French king is buried in the Basilica.

Saint Denis

Saint Denis, also known as Denise, Dionysius, or Dennis is the bishop of Paris and the patron saint of France.

According to old legends, it seems that Denis was sent from Italy to convert the people in the region where Paris is located now.

He was executed by beheading on Montmartre, who took this name from the martyrdom of Denis (in French Montmartre means mountain of the martyr).

It seems that, after his head was chopped off, St Denis picked it up and walked several miles, all the time preaching a sermon and stopped on the site where Saint Denis Basilica stands today.

In all the representations of today St. Denis is depicted as headless, holding his head in his hands.

His feast day is October 9.

  • Last visit to Saint-Denis: Jan 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2007 at 2:35 AM

    I think people really were a lot shorter in those days. Strange that they have such big feet, though. (Glad you took the tramway T-1 in Saint-Denis.)

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2007 at 1:58 AM

    Very good and informative tips. A must see for every history lover. I have to visit it next time in Paris. Thanks for sharing.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2006 at 8:17 AM

    Very interesting, especially for those with a deep interest in history such as myself.

  • Azri_Azmi's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2006 at 12:06 AM

    Wow, lots of tombs here no doubt but the uniqueness of its was the scructures and designs of each tomb. A great exposure especially to myself and others away from Saint Denis & France. Take care Diana.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2006 at 4:48 AM

    Lovely page on Saint-Denis especially the Basilique which is absolutely beautiful. Also thanks so much for visiting my Sevilla, one of Spain's gems in my opinion.

  • BarryAir's Profile Photo
    Jul 14, 2006 at 5:07 AM

    Great Info...Thanks,,,Barry in Louisiana (Disaster Area)

  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2006 at 7:49 AM

    O destinatie importanta, unde ai realizat poze superbe, pe care le-ai expus intr-o pagina minunata. Gabriela

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2006 at 12:50 AM

    Happy Easter weekend Diana greetz from Belgium !

  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2006 at 12:01 PM

    Great photos and information here. Will return to your pages often. Ciao, Carol

  • Mar 21, 2006 at 6:19 AM

    Thank you for the dropping by again, Diana. Woderful updates on your trip in Saint-Denis! You are right.....It is all about remembering! 'njoy!


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