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

  Louis XIV the Great

According to the the legend, the Paris bishop, Denis (3e Century) , was beheaded by the Romans but he picked up his head and put it in his arms and went away. But he stopped and felt at some kilometers from Paris, at St Denis.
The basilica is the burial place for the French kings since the first dynasty (there were 3 dysnasties : Merovingian - relatives of Clovis, Carolingian - relatives of Charles Martel and Capetian - relatives of Hughes Capet).
The first one to be burried there was Dagobert. He set up a basilica.
And a large part of the kings (and their queens) who followed him had their vault there.
During the Revolution, the people entered the basilica and the graves were desecrated. Louis XVIII made the basilica remodeled.
You can reach the Basilica by RER (the surrounding area is not unsafe as some guides books tell that).
Open from 9AM to 5:30 PM
Close on Tuesday
Guided visits in French and in English.
Ticket : 6.10 euros

Address: 1 rue de la Legion d'Honneur - Saint Denis
Directions: RER line D1 direction ORRY la VILLE - Station : Saint Denis
Phone: +33 1 48 09 83 54
Website: http://www.saint-denis-basilique.fr/en/

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  • Updated Sep 19, 2004
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