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Saint Denis Basilica

One of the city’s lesser visited gems features awe-inspiring stained-glass windows and one of the biggest collections of funerary art in Europe.

Marvel at the tombs of nearly all of France’s monarchs and the stunning carved sculptures that lie atop them at Saint Denis Basilica. See exquisite statues along with some of the very earliest examples of Gothic architecture.

Away from the crowds of Notre Dame and Sainte Chappelle, see this magnificent medieval church, rich in history and filled with a wealth of precious artifacts. It was built on the tomb of Saint Denis and an earlier ancient Roman cemetery. Construction began around 1136 and was completed toward the end of the 13th century.

Stand in front of the west façade and view the tower that stands near the center. As you approach the curved main entrance, look up to a figure of Christ showing the wounds of his crucifixion.

Step inside and find yourself in a long, high nave illuminated by rays of sunlight that shine through the vast stained-glass windows. Enjoy the rich purple and blue of the central rose window while all around you are vivid depictions of Biblical tales.

Wander through the open, sprawling interior. Then head downstairs to the crypt. Set across the cold stone floor are more than 70 tombs in the dimly lit room that has come to be known as the royal necropolis. Peruse the sleeping, lifelike figures that represent more than 70 kings and queens along with many more princes and princesses. Look for the features of renowned leader Louis VIII as well as Marie Antoinette. In spite of the breathtaking appearance of these works of art, many of the bodies were stolen and thrown into mass graves during the French Revolution.

Saint Denis Basilica is in the suburb of Saint Denis in northern Paris. Pay a small entry fee, which includes audio tours offered in English. Stroll through the green spaces in the neighboring Parc de la Legion d’Honneur and stop for a coffee or lunch in one of the cafés surrounding the basilica.


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Eurohotel Paris Nord ¥4,993
Eurohotel Paris Nord

Eurohotel Paris Nord

100-102, Rue Gabriel Peri, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Saint-Denis, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Saint Denis Basilica and 1 mi (1.7 km) from Stade de France. Canal Saint-Martin and Moulin Rouge are also within 6 mi (10 km). Basilique de Saint-Denis Station is only a 5-minute walk and Saint-Denis - Universite Station is 13 minutes.

    hotelF1 Paris Saint-Denis Université ¥3,721
    hotelF1 Paris Saint-Denis Université

    hotelF1 Paris Saint-Denis Université

    11 avenue Lenine, Saint-Denis
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Saint-Denis, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Saint Denis Basilica and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Stade de France. Zenith de Paris and Canal Saint-Martin are also within 6 mi (10 km). Basilique de Saint-Denis Station is 11 minutes by foot and Saint-Denis - Universite Station is 12 minutes.

      Novotel Paris Saint Denis Stade Basilique ¥9,129
      Novotel Paris Saint Denis Stade Basilique

      Novotel Paris Saint Denis Stade Basilique

      1 Place De La Porte De Paris, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Saint-Denis, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Stade de France and within 6 mi (10 km) of Moulin Rouge and Opéra Garnier. Louvre Museum and Place de la Concorde are also within 6 mi (10 km). Saint-Denis-Porte de Paris Metro Station is only a 2-minute walk and Basilique de Saint-Denis Station is 10 minutes.

        Cosy apartment 4 people near Paris
        Cosy apartment 4 people near Paris

        Cosy apartment 4 people near Paris

        8 rue bonnevide, Saint-Denis
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Saint-Denis, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Saint Denis Basilica and 1.1 mi (1.9 km) from Stade de France. Zenith de Paris and Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris are also within 6 mi (10 km). Basilique de Saint-Denis Station is only a 4-minute walk and Saint-Denis - Universite Station is 12 minutes.

          ibis Saint-Denis Stade Ouest ¥5,565
          ibis Saint-Denis Stade Ouest

          ibis Saint-Denis Stade Ouest

          20 Rue Jules Saulnier, La plaine Saulnier, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the boardwalk, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Stade de France and within 6 mi (10 km) of Moulin Rouge and Louvre Museum. Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe are also within 6 mi (10 km). Saint-Denis-Porte de Paris Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Carrefour Pleyel Station is 15 minutes.

            Paris Stadium of France 4 People cosy
            Paris Stadium of France 4 People cosy

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            11 rue auguste poulain, Saint-Denis
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Saint-Denis, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Saint Denis Basilica and 1.2 mi (2 km) from Stade de France. Canal Saint-Martin and Zenith de Paris are also within 6 mi (10 km). Basilique de Saint-Denis Station is 8 minutes by foot and Saint-Denis - Universite Station is 12 minutes.

              T2 4 People at 5 minutes from Porte de Paris ¥6,009
              T2 4 People at 5 minutes from Porte de Paris

              T2 4 People at 5 minutes from Porte de Paris

              18 avenue paul vaillant couturier, Saint-Denis
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Saint-Denis, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Stade de France and Saint Denis Basilica. Parc de la Villette and City of Science and Industry are also within 3 mi (5 km). Saint-Denis-Porte de Paris Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Basilique de Saint-Denis Station is 15 minutes.

                Studio cosy avec mezzanine
                Studio cosy avec mezzanine

                Studio cosy avec mezzanine

                7 Boulevard Jules Guesde, Saint-Denis, Seine-Saint-Denis
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Saint-Denis, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Saint Denis Basilica and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Stade de France. Canal Saint-Martin and Zenith de Paris are also within 6 mi (10 km). Saint-Denis-Porte de Paris Metro Station is 8 minutes by foot and Saint-Denis Station is 6 minutes.