The Basilique Royal de Saint-Denis is the burial place of French royalty in Paris. It is a necropolis, a stunning edifice to the dead, full of hauntingly beautiful funeral sculptures, mausoleums, and tombs. In the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, perhaps more than anywhere in Paris, the bloody power struggles of France resonate.

It is here that Paris tourists can view the encased, dried-up heart of Louis XVIII. In total 42 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes and princesses lie here. With more than 70 Renaissance tombs, the royal necropolis of the Basilique Royal de Saint-Denis asserts itself today as the most important group of funerary sculptures from the 12th to the 16th centuries.

The cathedral is built on the site of a Roman cemetery and the burial site of the martyr Denis, who was said to have walked through Paris carrying his own head. Many books have been written about the architecture of the building itself. This great historic building is something of a mecca for stained glass aficionados containing, as it does, some of the finest examples of medieval stained-glass in the world.

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Opening and closing times may change. For updated timings, please check the official attraction page.

Images via Basilique cathédrale de Saint-Denis

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1st April - 30th September
Monday 10.30 - 18.45
Tuesday 10.30 - 18.45
Wednesday 10.30 - 18.45
Thursday 10.30 - 18.45
Friday 10.30 - 18.45
Saturday 10.30 - 18.45
Sunday 12.00 - 18.15
1st October - 31st March
Monday 10.00 - 17.15
Tuesday 10.00 - 17.15
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.15
Thursday 10.00 - 17.15
Friday 10.00 - 17.15
Saturday 10.00 - 17.15
Sunday 12.00 - 17.15

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Address:

1,rue de la Légion d'Honneur Saint-Denis Paris 93200

Telephone:

+33 1 48 09 83 94