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"Saint Denis Basilica" Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis Tip by Jeca011

  Saint Denis
by Jeca011

The old Royal Abbey of St Denis has been for centuries the headlight of artistic, political and spiritual history. Its abbey-church, christened as a basilica from the origin, rises on the very site of a Gallo-roman cemeterry, burial place of Denis martyrized around 250. Place of memory linked its destiny to the monarchy as the privileged burial place of the royal dynasties. 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princess, 10 great men of the kingdom were laid here to rest.

In 1793, revolutionnaries attack the symbol of monarchy. The tombs are disurontled, some destroyed. Exhumed bodies are thrown into common graves. The Basilica escapes total destruction. In 1806, Napoleon I ordered the rehabilitation of the edifice. Then Louis XVIII handed back its necropolis function to the Abbey church.

Some of notables buried here:

French Queens - Blanche de Navarre, Anne de Bretagne, Isabell d'Aragon, Jeanne de Bourbon, Louise de Lorraine, Catherine de Medici and Marie Antionette.

French Kings - Pepin "the Short", Philippe VI, Louis XII, Philippe III, Charles V, Henry III, Henry II and Louis XVI.

Address: 2, rue de Strasbourg
Directions: Near Passage Pierre Abélard
Phone: +33 1 48 09 83 54

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  • Updated May 28, 2004
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