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Basilica of St. Denis Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular royal Basilica of St. Denis and learn about its history from your expert guide. An experience you can't miss!

Paris, FRANCE
1 - 20 People
2.5 hours
$57.72
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Basilica of St. Denis Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the spectacular royal Basilica of St. Denis and learn about its history from your expert guide. An experience you can't miss!

About this activity

Enjoy a 1.5-hour guided visit to the world’s first Gothic cathedral, the burial site of the kings and queens of France. The architecture will take your breath away, and the tombs of the monarchs will inspire you with over 1500 years of royal grandeur.

Meet your expert local guide in central Paris and let them escort you on a journey through history. According to catholic tradition, St Denis...

Enjoy a 1.5-hour guided visit to the world’s first Gothic cathedral, the burial site of the kings and queens of France. The architecture will take your breath away, and the tombs of the monarchs will inspire you with over 1500 years of royal grandeur.

Meet your expert local guide in central Paris and let them escort you on a journey through history. According to catholic tradition, St Denis was the first bishop of Paris. He gave a miraculous sermon after his decapitation, holding his head under his arm while walking to this site! The Gothic edifice was begun nearly 900 years later, in the first half of the 12th century well before Notre Dame de Paris. Saint Louis elected this abbey for his family’s tombs, and as a result the basilica now contains a surpassing collection of intricately sculpted sarcophagi.

This official necropolis of the French Monarchy features the tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, going back to 7th century king Dagobert and extending through to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. A guided visit of the site indeed encompasses much of the history of Paris itself.

The zealous Revolutionaries went to the trouble of exhuming all their former rulers and tossing the desecrated bodies into a common grave. With the Bourbon Restoration in 1814, the king’s ancestral tombs had to be somehow reassembled... but how to sort out the scrambled remains? Your guide will reveal all, including the tragic demise of the guillotined monarchs’ young son, whose memory is honored by a crystal urn purportedly containing the dauphin’s heart.

With uniquely influential and beautiful architecture, and fascinating stories of numerous powerful and poignant personalities, the Saint Denis Basilica tour is sure to please.

We speak

English

Category

Tours

Additional Information

Sunday bookings will give you the opportunity to attend Mass after your visit.
The Mass will start at 6:00 pm from October to March, and at 6:30 pm from April to September.

Note that the Basilica is both a museum and a church. For that reason, very occasionally, due to funerals or exceptional masses the tour may be canceled or postponed. We will of course warn you as early as possible as we keep in touch with the staff of the Basilica.

Please make sure you are dressed warmly as it can get very cold inside the cathedral.

There are a few steps to enter the church and to reach the crypt. The Necropolis museum has special accesses and elevators for disabled visitors. Please make sure you notify us so we can make arrangements with the staff there prior to your visit.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel up to 1 day in advance for a full refund

What's included

Guided visit of the Basilica of St Denis
Entrance tickets to the Basilica
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Escorted roundtrip travel to St Denis on the Paris metro
Small groups of 20 people or fewer

What's not included

Hotel pick up/drop off
Gratuities (optional)

Meeting Point

Meet your guide 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour next to Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau metro station by the walking man statue of former French President Charles de Gaulle, located right in front of the Grand Palais. 9 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris