The Basilica of Saint-Denis is one of the most fantastic treasures of Ile-de-France heritage. Listed as historic monument, this gothic-style medieval cathedral welcomes you again from June 15, 2020, after having to close over the coronavirus epidemic.
Set in Saint-Denis, this basilica is an exceptional place taking us to the heart of the history. It has not been set randomly: it is set over an old Gallic-Roman cemetery where Saint-Denis has been buried, Saint Denis being the first Paris bishop. The basilica has been named after him. The legend says he has been beheaded on the butter Montmartre, and while carrying his head between his hand, the saint headed north. Stopping in front of Catulla, a pious woman, he gave her his head before collapsing where the basilica stands, that is now named after him.
Inside, we have stained-glass windows offering a twirl of colors. The place is also symbolic in the History of France for another reason: nicknamed the Necropolis of the Kings of France, it is the resting place of many kings who ruled the country, from Dagobert 1st to Louis XVIII.
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 15 June 2020
1, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
93200 Saint Denis