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.
Learn also about the story of St Denis - patron saint of Paris - who 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 Saint 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 royal 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. But is it really his heart?Learn the secrets of the lives and deaths of the French royal families on a visit this incredible masterpiece of Gothic architecture.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Sunday bookings will give you the opportunity to attend the 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 could be canceled or postponed. We would of course warn you as early as possible as we keep in touch with the staff of the Basilica.
From October to April, make sure you are dressed warmly as it gets really 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 people. Make sure you notify it to us so we make the arrangements with the staff there and the tour will go smoothly for everyone.