Saint-Denis Basilica Cathedral Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Paris

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Meet your guide in central Paris and join them for a 1.5-hour visit to the first Gothic cathedral in the world, and final resting place of French royalty. The architecture of the Cathedral of St Denis is breathtaking, and the exquisite tombs of the Kings and Queens of France that lie inside it will take you on a voyage through centuries of history.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis, Ile-de-FranceThe Basilica of St. Denis is the official necropolis of the French monarchy; here you will find the tombs of 43 kings and 32 queens, from Dagobert in the 7th century to King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. Get introduced to the city and history of Paris through the kings and queens that both made and ruled it.Also learn about the story of St. Denis, patron saint of Paris, whom the cathedral is dedicated to and who, according to legend, walked here carrying his own head! This magnificent Gothic masterpiece was built in the 13th century, many years before the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Chosen by St. Louis to be the final resting place of the French royal family, it houses a collection of the finest medieval and Renaissance royal tombs.During the French Revolution, the remains of kings and queens were meticulously dug out and thrown into a mass grave. With the Restoration of the monarchy, the glory of the kings had to also be restored, but how were their bodies found after the turmoil of the Revolution? Your guide will tell you this story, as well as that of the 10-year-old son of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, whose heart is preserved today in a crystal urn. Learn the secrets of the lives and deaths of the French royal families on a visit to this incredible Gothic treasure.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

What’s included

  • 1.5 hour guided visit of the Basilica of St Denis
  • Escorted metro ride to St Denis from central Paris
  • Fully accredited local guide
  • Small groups of 20 people or fewer
  • Entry/Admission - Basilica Cathedral of Saint-Denis

What’s not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities


  • Led by an art historian
  • Small-group tour
  • Step back in time on a history tour