Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis

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Discover the very first masterpiece of monumental Gothic art at Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis. For a fascinating look at a royal necropolis, you can peruse the rare collection, featuring 70 carved tombs and recumbent statues from the 12th century, the only complete set of its kind in Europe. Twelfth- and 19th-century stained-glass panels cast multicolored rays on the statues. This was a pilgrimage site, a coronation site for many queens, and the burial site of many nobles and royals, including all but three of France's kings. Put Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis and other Saint-Denis attractions into our Saint-Denis trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Although the cathedral is undergoing renovations, most of the vibrant glass is visible, as are most of the tomb sculptures. Getting here is an easy metro ride with the station just a 2 minute walk... 
    Although the cathedral is undergoing renovations, most of the vibrant glass is visible, as are most of the tomb sculptures. Getting here is an easy metro ride with the station just a 2 minute walk...  more »
  • The Cathedral is worth visiting in its own right with its own right for its magnificent façade and its three portals, the central one dating back to the first half of the 12th century. What makes the....  more
    The Cathedral is worth visiting in its own right with its own right for its magnificent façade and its three portals, the central one dating back to the first half of the 12th century. What makes the....  more »
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  • These windows are in every art history book I have ever read. Magnificent! The sunny was shining and tossing those colors around the church. The history of French architecture, engineering, art and political history is all here. GO!
  • The cathedral itself was less inspiring than I expected, but the staff at the crypt were extremely pleasant & helpful. Word of warning, if you take the Metro to Basilique Saint-Denis get there, the signage directing visitors to the cathedral is incredibly poor. It's immediately to the left as you look at the place coming out of the Metro.

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