"Medieval Kings' Crypts" Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis Tip by mrclay2000

  tombs at St Denis
by mrclay2000

At the time of my visit there were dozens of marble coffins standing in the nave containing (or purported to contain) monarchs of France. Among these was the celebrated Charles Martel, who defeated the Saracens in one of history's most influential battles, at Tours in 732 AD (see Gibbon). Kings and Queens from the Renaissance onward have tombs and busts down below in the vaults, but even more ancient monarchs (or rather their burial places) are still being excavated. After all, this structure was started in 1140.

Address: 1 Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis,
Directions: Line 13 to St Denis
Phone: +33 1 48 09 83 54
Website: http://www.saint-denis-basilique.fr/en/

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  • Written May 18, 2003
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