Saint Denis Basilica and Cathedral is famous for being the Kings of France Necropolis.
You will find in Saint Denis Basilica the remains and grave of all the French Kings dynasties.
Before to be the actual Cathedral and Basilica, and before to be the French Kings Necropolis, Saint Denis was a royal abbey.
Saint Denis abbey was built on a Gallo-Roman cemetery where Saint Denis was buried.
Saint Denis is known for being the first Bishop of Paris around the year 250.
During that time, Saint Denis was an important place for pilgrims.
Saint Denis abbey became one of the most powerful Abbeys of the Middle Age.
In the 13th century, Saint Louis, also known as Louis IX, rebuilt the abbey to give the actual shape of Saint Denis Basilica.
Then Saint Denis Basilica and Cathedral became the royal necropolis.
Inside Saint Denis Basilica you will be able to see:
- The Necropolis of the Kings of France, where are the remains of all French Kings Families (Merovingian, Carolingian, Capetian, Valois, Bourbons)
It represents 42 Kings, 32 Queens, 63 Princes and Princess and 10 great men of the real, buried here in Saint Denis.
Among them you have Clovis, Dagobert, François 1st, Catherine de Médicis, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.
- The Gothic Cathedral of Saint Denis with its stained glasses
- The Crypt where you can see the foundations of Saint Denis Abbey
Have a look on pictures below to see what you have in Saint Denis Basilica and Cathedral:
How to get to Saint Denis Cathedral and Basilica: 1 rue de la Légion d'honneur, 93200 Saint Denis
- M13 Basilique de Saint Denis
Tramway: T5 Basilique de Saint Denis
Vélib' (City Bike): There are no vélib' city bike in Saint Denis yet!
Noctilien (Night Bus): N44 Basilique de Saint Denis
- More information about Saint Denis Basilica and Cathedral, opening days and hours on saint-denis.monuments-nationaux.fr