The last residence of the kings and queens of France

E-billet for the Saint-Denis Basilica

Free of charge -18 years old, -26 years old (EU), disabled persons (+ 1 accompanying person), job seekers
WE love an absolutely magnificent monument with a fascinating history.
Free: for those under 18 years of age (under 26 years of age if a European Union citizen)
Audioguide : 3? / person
A word of advice: in winter, cover up well, it's chilly there!

Why go to the Basilica of Saint-Denis?

  • It is a jewel of Gothic art
  • Since Notre-Dame is closed to the public, it is the closest Gothic cathedral near Paris
  • The stained glass windows and sculptures are extraordinary
  • There are very few people
  • It is very easy to access. The basilica is located 2 minutes walk from the metro (line 13, Basilica of Saint-Denis station)

A little history

  • The Basilica of Saint-Denis is located north of Paris. It is a magnificent edifice, the first founding work of Gothic art in 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 houses 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

FREE

  • On Saturday and Sunday of the European Heritage Days
  • The 3rd weekend of September
  • 1st Sunday of the month (January 1 to March 31 and November 1 to December 31)
Did you know ?
In 1966, the basilica was elevated to the rank of cathedral

THE FAMILY GUIDED TOUR OF THE SAINT-DENIS BASILICA

  • The guided tour is iwith children from 8 to 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.
  • The ribbed windows, the pointed arches and the stained glass windows will no longer hold 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...
  • The visit lasts 1h30she's scheduled about once a month as a group visit but can be privatized at any time, on request.
  • Group visit rates (10% discount with Familin'Paris) :
    • Adult: 18.90 euros instead of 21 euros with the code FAMILINPARIS. This price includes the entrance ticket to the Basilica
    • Child : 10,80 euros instead of 12 euros with the code FAMILINPARIS

 

THINGS TO DO AROUND HERE

  • The guided tour of the backstage of the Stade de France !
  • It takes about 15 minutes by metro (line 13) and less than 10 minutes if you have a car to get to the Stade de France from the basilica.
  • This visit will tell you the history of the stadium, its construction, its events (not only sports) and will give you amusing and unusual anecdotes about the Stade de France

the recumbents of the Saint-Denis Basilica

statue in the Basilica of Saint-Denis

stained glass windows in the basilica of saint-denis

visit of the Saint-Denis basilica

Practical information


Timetable:
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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