Monument Jeu d'Enfant 2023: manual and artistic activities at Saint-Denis Basilica

Published by Cécile de Sortiraparis · Photos by Lucas de Sortiraparis · Published on October 19th, 2023 at 02:20 p.m.
Would you like to visit the Basilique Saint-Denis with your family? The monument opens its doors to visitors of all ages for the Monument Jeu d'Enfant event, on October 21 and 22, 2023.

Does the history of the kings of France fascinate your children? Head to the Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis, on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2023, to learn more about the great sovereigns of French history! Pepin the Short, François I, Marie-Antoinette... 70 monarchs of France are buried in this basilica, in monumental tombs with funerary statues, the famous and impressive gisants. For the Monument Jeu d'Enfant event, the Basilique Saint-Denis welcomes curious young and old alike, with original tours and workshops.

Through these recumbent figures, children can discover the tales and legends associated with the former abbey of Saint-Denis, as well as French history and the richness of France's cultural heritage. The basilica has stood the test of time, welcoming France's most famous crowned heads, from Dagobert to Louis XVIII, and has been decorated and rebuilt according to the fashions of the times.

Reserve your places now for the tours organized by the Basilique de Saint-Denis, on Saturday October 21 and Sunday October 22. The program for this special weekend includes handicraft workshops and great family fun:

  • Come and create your own flying chimera at the Basilica!
    Bring the whole family and discover the tombstones of the kings and queens of France, as well as the many animals that populate the monument! Learn about the animal world of the Middle Ages and the symbolism of animals in the basilica's sculptures and stained-glass windows. In a workshop, children will create and decorate a flying chimera mobile (using fake furs, feathers, etc.). One tour departure is planned for 4-7 year-olds (parents will be asked to help younger children in the workshop), and another for 8-12 year-olds.
    Reservations required on the Basilica website. Places are limited.

Join us at the Basilique Saint-Denis for the national Monument Jeu d'Enfant 2023 event, which opens the doors of numerous monuments in Paris, the Île-de-France region and the rest of France to youngsters!

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From October 21th, 2023 to October 22th, 2023

× Approximate opening times: to confirm opening times, please contact the establishment.


    1, Rue de la Légion d'Honneur
    93200 Saint Denis

    Moins de 26 ans: Free
    Tarif premier accompagnateur: €7.5
    Par adulte supplémentaire: €9.5

    Official website

    06 15 59 06 84

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