Tour of Saint Denis Basilica

We invite you to vis­it the Basil­i­ca of Saint Denis. It is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant places in Paris and it reflects the whole his­to­ry of France. Togeth­er with a pro­fes­sion­al guide you will get acquaint­ed with the unique Basil­i­ca and learn its rich his­to­ry. A tour of Saint Denis Basil­i­ca is an incred­i­ble immer­sion in the tra­di­tions and cul­ture of France.

The Basil­i­ca of Saint Denis is a his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al mon­u­ment in France. This Catholic abbey was the first in the world to be built in the Goth­ic style. Saint Denis Basil­i­ca is 30 years old­er than Notre Dame Cathe­dral and it is the Tomb of all the kings of France. The Abbey of Saint Denis occu­pied an impor­tant place in the state affairs of France. Here they kept the main stan­dard and sym­bols of the Roy­al pow­er, taught the chil­dren of kings and oth­er noble per­sons.

The west­ern facade of the Basil­i­ca has two tow­ers dec­o­rat­ed with a por­tal sculp­ture and a tall win­dow “Stained Glass Rose of Saint Denis.” This type of facade has become an excel­lent mod­el for the con­struc­tion of oth­er church­es and cathe­drals in the Goth­ic style. The tall choir filled with sun­light made a stun­ning impres­sion on the bish­ops of those times. As a result, the next few cen­turies were com­plete­ly devot­ed to the con­struc­tion of mag­nif­i­cent Goth­ic cathe­drals in France. Among them there are such cathe­drals as Notre Dame de Paris, Notre Dame not Chartres and oth­ers.

Until now, the abbey of Saint-Denis has pre­served 37 stained-glass win­dows of the 13th cen­tu­ry. From the same time, the tomb of King Dagob­ert I was pre­served. The abbey gained its mod­ern appear­ance thanks to the archi­tect Ezheon Vio­la, who car­ried out restora­tion work of the tem­ple and tombs from 1846 to 1869 after rev­o­lu­tion­ary events.

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