The Royal French Necropolis: Basilica Of St Denis Tour - Paris

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  • Duration: 2 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Varies
  • Departure Details :
    By the metro entrance/exit at Champs Elysées Clemenceau
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

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.

Highlights

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

Know More about this tour

The 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 ofkings 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.

Inclusions

  • 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

Exclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Please note the total tour time is 2.5 hours including transportation time

Sunday bookings will give you the opportunity to attend Mass after your visit.

Mass starts 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 this reason, very occasionally, due to funerals or exceptional masses, the tour may be canceled or postponed. We will of course notify you as early as possible.

From October to April please make sure you are dressed warmly as it does get cold inside the cathedral.

There are a few steps to enter the church and to reach the crypt. The Necropolis museum has special access and elevators for disabled people. Please notify us so we can make the arrangements with the staff there.