Saint Denis basilica is simply one of the most important monuments of France. It is nearly 1500 years of French history, from the first King Clovis to Charlemagne to Louis XVI...
Let's open the door to history with our Saint Denis basilica private tour.
Where can you be almost face to face with most rulers of a country, over 1500 years?
In Saint Denis, the necropolis where most of the French Kings are buried. The gisants, carved figures of the deceased Kings and Queens, in marble, limestone or bronze, were deemed of such historical and artistic value that most were fortunately spared the destructions of the French Revolution, and make of the basilica a great gallery of portraits of the Kings of France.
Its construction started over 1500 years ago, the basilica built for centuries, the visible layers of time also a testimony of the history of architecture.
From the first King of France, Clovis, to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, most of French History is buried, carved or in the architecture of Saint Denis Basilica.
And that is not all, as on top of such amazing historical value, is the artistic one. Built and rebuilt many times, the basilica of Saint Denis is where the pursuit of light and 'Gothic' architecture was invented, when walls become thin and open to reveal divine light through stained glass, making immense stone constructions appearing to be weightless.
The regalia of France, the crown, sword and accessories necessary to be crowned King were stored there, with other great treasures of medieval France.
So much history in one place can only astonish and create a yearning to discover more medieval treasures. They can be seen at the Louvre with our Louvre private tour, including the rare surviving pieces of Saint Denis regalia's treasure, or with other masterpieces of the Middle Ages with our Notre Dame & Sainte Chapelle tour, and private tour of the Cluny museum.
Only a few miles outside Paris and easily accessible by Metro, or by taxi. Think about combining this with another medieval tour. Please contact us for availability.
We need some advance notice to request a reservation time for Saint Denis basilica.