Situated in the outskirts of Paris the Basilique Saint Denis is the earliest French example of Gothic architecture. It is also a famous mausoleum for French aristocrats. Since the 5th century a total 43 Kings and 32 Queens have been interred here, often in ornately sculpted tombs and sarcophagi.
The ground floor of Basilique Saint Denis is a working church, and entry is therefore free, be sure to respect anyone praying or meditating. The mausoleum itself has an entry charge.
Opinions are divided about the three market mornings: Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. Some enjoy the bustle of the market, others want to avoid market days because of the crowds. This is a real market for local people, selling everyday items, and some artisanal cheeses and meats.
Adults 6.5 euros.
Under 18s free.
Basilique Saint Denis is included in the museum pass.
Price includes a one hour audio guide.
How to get to Basilique Saint Denis
Metro: line 13 to Basilique Saint Denis.
It takes approx 45 minutes to get to Basilique Saint Denis from the centre of Paris.
As you leave the Metro veer left and go to the main square (just a block or so). Walk across the square to the Rue de la Republique and you will see the Office du Tourisme. The Basilique is to the left.
Opening times for Basilique Saint Denis
Winter: 10am – 5pm
Summer: 10am – 6.15pm