Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

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Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis
Basilica Saint-Denis

What you'll do

Step inside the final resting place of the kings and queens of France, built on the grave of Saint Denis, a Bishop of Paris who died in 250 AD

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  • You can visit this attraction with the digital Paris Museum Pass. Please download it before you visit!
  • The basilica houses 70 sculptures to peruse
  • This church was the first to place great importance on light, a symbol of divinity, in religious architecture.

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.



Uncover the Mystique of St. Denis Cathedral

Step into the heart of St. Denis Paris, France, and discover the enchanting allure of the St. Denis Cathedral. Famed for its breathtaking beauty, this gothic marvel whispers tales of yesteryears.

Experience the Basilica of Saint-Denis

Let your senses be captivated by the Basilica of Saint-Denis, an architectural gem where history and grandeur intertwine. A visit here illuminates the rich tapestry of France's noble past, wrapping you in a warm embrace of history and culture.

It is here that Paris tourists can view the encased, dried-up heart of Louis XVII. 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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Q. What is the history of the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis?
A. The Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis is a magnificent architectural masterpiece with a rich history dating back to the 12th century, serving as the final resting place of many French monarchs.

Q. Can visitors explore the interior of the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis?
A. Absolutely! Visitors have the wonderful opportunity to explore the breathtaking interior of the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, marveling at its stunning stained glass windows, intricate sculptures, and impressive Gothic design.

Q. What notable features can be found inside the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis?
A. Inside the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, you will discover remarkable features such as the royal necropolis, the magnificent rose windows, the captivating organ, and the grandeur of the tombs that house the remains of French kings and queens.

Q. Is photography allowed within the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis?
A. Yes, photography is permitted inside the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, allowing visitors to capture the beauty and essence of this historic place; however, tripods and flash photography may not be allowed to preserve the tranquility and integrity of the space.

Q. Are there guided tours available for the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis?
A. Certainly! Guided tours are offered at the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, providing visitors with insightful information about the cathedral's history, architecture, and the notable figures buried within its sacred walls.

Q. Can visitors attend religious services at the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis?
A. Yes, the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis still functions as an active place of worship, allowing visitors to partake in religious services, experience the serene ambiance, and be a part of the spiritual heritage that permeates this sacred space.

Know before you go

Please note: this attraction is available as part of the digital Paris Museum Pass, which is included with your Go City All-Inclusive Pass. Please download it before you visit!

For the full list of attractions on the digital Paris Museum Pass, please visit our information page.

For more information visit the Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

April - September

Monday - Saturday: 10.30AM - 6.45PM

Sunday: 12PM - 6.15PM


October - March

Monday - Saturday: 10AM - 5.15PM

Sunday: 12PM - 5.15PM


Please see the attraction website for the most up-to-date hours.

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