The Basilica of Saint Denis

Right outside the city of Paris, there is the Basilica of Saint Denis, it is considered the first Gothic Church. Discover the royal necropolis and its unique collection in Europe and effigies carved tombs in between the stained glass windows of the twelfth and nineteenth century.

Saint Denis Basilica is the necropolis of the kings of France. The basilica began to be raised in the fifth century in place of a Gallo-Roman cemetery that housed Saint Denis (Saint Dionysius) sepulture, considered as the first bishop of Paris (then called Lutetia), martyred in 258 during the time of persecution of Christians.

In the 12th century the Abbot Suger rebuilt portions of the abbey church using innovative structural and decorative features. In doing so, he is said to have created the first truly Gothic building. The basilica became a place of pilgrimage and the burial place of the French kings with nearly every king from the 10th to the 18th centuries being buried there, as well as many from previous centuries. The basilica houses a unique collection of over 70 effigies and sculpted tombs, a unique collection in Europe.

Duration: 3 hours
Departure: 9:00am or 2:00pm
Departure every day except 01/01, 25/12, and for some religious services
Depart and return to your hotel