Lying down is Isabelle d'Aragon, wife of Philippe III (the Bold) Poor Isabelle met her death early. Isabelle, who was pregnant at the time, was returning from a crusade when she had the misfortune to die when crossing ford. Her tomb from the late XIIIth century was the beginning of a style of which there are many in the Basilica. Once again, the...more
This is what I wanted to see! One I really liked was of Louis XII  and Anne de Bretagne , lying together in a magnificent marble Tomb. Have a good look at their abdomens, for it has been made to look like it has been sewn-up after removing their internal organs. Louis XII was King of France from 1498 to 1515, and Anne was his second...more
I came to see the Basilica, why on earth didn't I take a photo of the outside......I have no idea, although I think I remember my battery was going flat!I did take photo's of some things, and one I am pleased I did, was the magnificent old door in the Central Portal. This isn't the original from 1140, when the portal's were adorned with a series of...more
I was in awe when I walked into this Basilica. It wasn't just the Tombs and the enormous amount of stained glass windows, it was the height of the inside! I had previously been to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and thought that was pretty amazing, well, in my eyes, this is just as good or better!No wonder the architecture is outstanding, as the...more
St. Denis hasn't faired that well over the years. Tombs have been destroyed, and only 5 windows remain from the 12th century windows.I found it interesting to read, that this Basilica recruited the services of a master stained-glass maker to maintain the windows, this was extremely rare! The stained-glass windows apparently cost more than the stone...more
This Tomb is another extravagant one, made out of marble and it has a Triumphal Arch.Francois I, King of France from 1515 to 1547, and his first wife Claude de France and three of their children, are in this Tomb from1558.It was Henri II, the son of the deceased king, who commissioned the tomb. At the base, is a bas-relief tracing the 1515 battle,...more
The Memorial to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette was one that stood out!Originally, the bodies of the beheaded King Louis XVI, his wife Marie Antoinette of Austria, and his sister Madame Elisabeth were not buried in Saint-Denis. They were in the churchyard of the Madeleine.It was during Napoleon's exile in Elba, the restored Bourbons...more
Side by side lie Clovis I (d 511) and his son Childebert I (d 558). These Tombs were made around 1150 and are the two oldest Tombs in St. Denis.Clovis succeeded his father in 481, at the age of fifteen. He is considered the founder of the Merovingian dynasty, and was the first king of the Franks to unite all of the Frankish tribes under one ruler....more
As I walked around the inside of St. Denis viewing the many Tombs, I saw a Tomb of a King and Queen, with Lions and Dogs lying at their feet. First, I thought the Dogs may have been the Queens pets, then I noticed the King had Lions, now these couldn't be his pets!There were more!At last I found the answer! It turns out, the Lions are only found at...more
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Well, after all it was January, a pretty cold day and in the Basilica is not warm at all, so after the long vist, a hot coffee was the perfect solution.
This small coffee shop is located just on the other side of the road from the Basilica and is also offering a wonderful view of the western facade.
The coffee was very good and cheaper than in other similar places in Paris.
We went by Metro from Paris to Saint Denis, a quick [approx 20mins] ride on Line 13.About a 5min walk to the BasilicaYou can also take the RER - line D and Tram line T1orIf coming from Paris by Car, take the motorway A 1 Towards Lille, exit Saint-Denis Basilica Basilica of Saint-Denis 1, rue de la Legion d'Honneur 93200 Saint-Denismore
The suburb of Saint Denis is reached from Paris quite easily. Although many local trains departing from la Gare Paris-Nord pass through Saint-Denis, the best way to get to Saint Denis is by Metro or RER. Both take around 15 minutes from the heart of Paris. Metro line 13 stops just outside the Cathedral, and is therefore more convenient, while the...more
As Saint Denis is a city very close from Paris it's perfeclty well linked by Métro (subway), RER (metropolitan trains) and Tram (tramway). In spite of you don't asked for a new ticket you need to enter in the transport system with a ticket valable for zone 3, so you're regular ticket for Paris (1 and 2 zone) is not OK for Saint Denis. Pay...more
I stopped at the Basilica gift shop on my way out. The normal array of gifts you find in a Church, then I noticed a small book in English [or other languages] on the Basilica.
Having a browse before buying, it showed a plan and where all the Tombs and important sites were, it gave plenty of information on the Basilica, and what I wanted, a list of all the Royals buried here.
It cost only 7 euros, was only a small book and not very heavy, so easy to take home.
The belief that redeeming qualities are emanated from relics is a strong one. This has led to intense rivalries for the remains of revered individuals. In some instances body parts serve as surrogates for the entire person (relics). They may be “awarded” to sites particularly favored by the deceased or others in power. The heart of Francis I is at...more
Funerary sculpture evolved rapidly between the 13 and 16C . In 1269 St. Louis (IX) reestablished St.-Denis as a royal mausoleum and tombs were created for all the royal remains that could be located and acquired. Initially idealized effigy figures on stone slabs were made for each person with perhaps a symbol at the feet , a crown and a scepter. By...more
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Saint Denis is one of the Northern Paris suburbs, the ones who are more degradated. In general Paris is quite a safe city itself, but some of its suburbs (banlieu) could be dangerous, as the ones in the North and East, mainly at night. Unfortunatly that's the case of Saint Denis so I can advice you not to show of any wealthy sign at dusk (money, wallet, expensive cameras...) One way or another the Basilica will be close at that time and if there's an event in the Stade de France there are a lot of people and you have nothing to scary at.
Saint Denis es uno de los pueblos de la periferia norte de París, los que están más degradados. En general París es muy segura, pero algunos de sus suburbios (banlieu) pueden ser peligrosos, como los del norte y este, sobre todo de noche. Desgraciadamente éste es el caso de Saint Denis, así que puedo aconsejarte que no muestres ninguna prueba de riqueza, como dinero, carteras o cámaras caras. De cualquier manera la Basílica está cerrada en esa hora y si hay un evento en el stade de France hay mucha gente, así que no hay nada que temer.
Once you enter into the Basilica you feel a bit cold, but if you wear a coat it's not so bad, as if you were outside, in the street, at least in winter time. But the "problem" I'm speaking you about happens when you pass into the pantheon area. It's not cold, but it's hoooorible deeping cold, so penetrating inside your coat.
Una vez entras en la Basílica se siente un poco de frío, pero llevando un abrigo no es mucho problema, al igual que en la calle, al menos en temporada de invierno. Pero el "problema" del que hablo ocurre cuando vas a la zona del panteón. No es que haga frío, sino que hay un horrorooooooso frío penetrante que te cala los huesos por debajo del abrigo.
Unique Suggestions: My piece of advice is that you should wear a really good coat, gloves and a scarf. Like this it doesn't matter how you want to dress inside this, wathever is a miniskirt, pants or a light sweeter. The employees who are guarding the monument are sat down locked between big and high heaters. If not I think they could become sick so soon.
Mi consejo es que deberías llevar un buen abrigo, guantes y bufanda. Así no importa como quieras vestir por debajo de esto, sea con una minifalda, unos pantalones delgados o un jersey fino. Los vigilantes del monumento están sentados rodeados por grandes y altas estufas. Si no fuera así creo que se pondrían enfermos muy pronto.
Fun Alternatives: Well, I think there are just three alternatives, but I really prefer to face the "problem". The first one could be carrying out your own heater, but I'm afraid it's not possible at all. The second one is to visit the Basilica in summer, but if you have not enough time I highly recommend you to come here with your coat. The thirth one is not to enter into the pantheon area, but it's the worst among all of them.
Bien, pienso que sólo hay tres alternativas, pero prefiero afrontar el "problema". Lo primero que se podría hacer es llevar consigo tu propia estufa, pero creo que esto no es posible. Lo segundo sería visitar la Basílica en verano, pero si no tienes suficiente tiempo te aconsejo que no te lo pierdas y vengas con un buen abrigo. En terncer lugar sería no visitar la parte del panteón, pero ésta es la peor de todas las soluciones.
Deffinitely you have to have warm clothes because in the Basilica is very cold and in the crypt is even colder.
Photo Equipment: The camera is mandatory!
Pay a special attention to Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne mausoleum.It is actually the only one in the Basilica on which I could easily remark the change in style.Most of the effigies are presenting the kings and queens sleeping or praying but having a lifelike image.Behing the gorgeous decoration, Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne faces are tortured...more
The city is called Saint Denis because of the Christian martyr and Saint who is buried here. He was martyred in 272, and he is venerated as patron of Paris. Denis was the first bishop of Paris when he was sent from Italy by the Pope Fabian to convert Gaul in the third century. This was after the persecutions under Emperor Decius had all but...more
Look at the large mausolea. By far the most elaborate mausoleum is that of Louis XII and Anne of Bretagne, a cooperative work by several Italian artists. The sculptural encasement of a tomb by mourners (“pleurants”;weepers) who symbolize the implied virtues of the deceased was a conceit originated by Claus Sluter at the Chartreuse of Champmol...more
if you follow the TV news , it is the most dangerous part of the paris region , riots almost everyday , all kinds of deals , drugs , cocaine, whatever you want , the french government tries unsuccesfully to take back this territory from the mafia ; many young criminals have already been arrested up to 75 times by the police and the judges always...more