The last residence of the kings and queens of France

(free for -18 years old and -25 EU citizens)

the recumbents of the Saint-Denis Basilica

Why visit the Saint-Denis Basilica

  • It is a jewel of gothic artan absolutely magnificent monument with a fascinating history
  • Since Notre-Dame is closed to the public, it is the closest Gothic cathedral near Paris
  • The stained glass windows and sculptures are extraordinary
  • You will discover the last residence of 43 kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the monarchy, and in particular Marie-Antoinette
  • There are very few people so it's nice to walk around
  • It is very easy to access: the basilica is located 2 minutes walk from the metro (line 13, station Basilique de Saint-Denis)
  • In winter, cover yourself well, it's chilly there

Good plan, save by buying 2 attractions at the same time

A little history

  • It is in the north of Paris that the Basilica of Saint-Denis is located, a magnificent edifice, the first founding work of Gothic art of the 12th century.
  • It is a former royal abbey built on the tomb of Saint-Denis which houses the tombs (from the 12th to the 16th century) of 43 kings, 32 queens and 10 servants of the Kingdom. It shelters 70 sculpted tombs
  • Stroll through the basilica, admire the stained glass windows and walk through the magnificent ambulatory
  • Take the audioguide, because the history of the Basilica is rich and fascinating

The guided tour "The jewels of Saint-Denis" (with the 8/14 years old)

  • The children discover the mysteries of gothic art. We explain to them how technically we have been able to build so high and with such delicacy.
  • Thecross-arches, buttresses and stained glass windows will no longer have any secrets for them!
  • The guided tour is also an opportunity to recall the history of France and its great kings and queens
  • It is a fun and exciting guided tour in the company of Saint-Denis, Dagobert, Saint-Louis, Catherine de Médicis, Henri IV, Louis XVII?
  • This visit is regularly scheduled. It can also be privatized.


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Practical information

See schedule details Schedules are subject to change depending on the services (masses celebrated in the cathedral).
  • From January 2 to March 31 (Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5:15pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5:15pm)
  • From April 1st to September 30th (Monday to Saturday from 10am to 6:15pm and Sunday from 12pm to 6:15pm)
  • From April 1st to September 30th (Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5:15pm and Sunday from 12pm to 5:15pm)

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