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    The towers

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    The basilica was supposed to have two towers.

    The south tower was build aroun 1148 according to the Romanesque models developed in Normandy and is the only one that is still standing.

    The north tower was removed by Viollet-le-Duc during the restructuring works around the year 1847 because of the differential settlement during the repairing.

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    Basilique Saint-Denis

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    Famous burial site for the French Royal family, Basilique Saint Denis was originally a small chapel on the graveyard of Saint Denis.

    After the 7C, Basilique Saint-Denis became the royal abbey church.

    Dagobert I, who reigned from 628 to 637, founded the Abbey of Saint Denis, attached to a Benedictine monastery.

    The third Basilique Saint-Denis was rebuilt by Abbot Suger in 1137, who completed the west façade, the narthex and the choir until 1144. As he died in 1151 before finished it, it is said that the nave, including the upper part of the choir and transept, was reconstructed by probably Pierre de Montreuil and others.

    Viollet-le-Duc took care of the reconstruction works from 1836 to 1846. He restored the apsidal chapels to their former medieval state removed the tombs from the crypt and had them placed in the transept, he altered the choir and above all built a tomb for Napoleon III in front of the Bourbon tomb.

    He also had plans to reconstruct the whole facade and to add two spires, but could not find the necessary support to allow him to complete this project.

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    Saint-Denis

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    Dating from 250, Saint-Denis has a long and tense history.

    During the French Revolution, the city was renamed "Franciade" and the royal necropolis was destroyed.

    During the 19th century, Saint-Denis became increasingly industrialized and in 1843 the first railway reached Saint-Denis.

    During the Second World War, Saint-Denis was occupied by the Germans and liberated by General Leclerc.

    Building Stade de France for the 1998 Football World Cup gave an important impuls to Saint-Denis's development .

    Saint-Denis of today is a quite suburb of Paris with small shops and nice old buildings.

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    Arriving to Saint-Denis

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    Located in the northern part of Paris, 10 km from the city centre, Saint-Denis is perfectly connected throught the metro network.

    The line 13 is stopping in Basilique de Saint-Denis station located near the Basilica, while another option could be the RER D1 (Orry-la-Ville - Coye) Saint-Denis stop.

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    Dagobert I's tomb

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    Dagobert I was king of the Franks from 629 to 639 and succeeded to reunite a kindom that was ever threatened with disintegration.

    His imposing tomb is located on th right side of the altar.

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    Stained glass windows

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    Although modern the stained glasses windows of the Basilica, in the upper part of the nave, ambulatory or in the upper choir are very beautiful.

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    The Ambulatory

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    The double ambulatory with seven radiating chapels was constructed by Abbot Suger.

    Each radiating chapel has two large windows with wonderful stained glasses.

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    Central portal

    by Diana75 Updated Mar 18, 2006

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    The main entrance of the basilica is on the western facade and both the right and the left door panels are made of bronze.

    On the tympanum of the central portal is a motif of the Last Judgment.

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