Discover the unique church that launched the Gothic movement in architecture.
The Cathedral of Saint Denis was not the first church with elements of Gothic architecture, but it was the first to unite all of them in one building and create a new architectural “language.” Saint-Denis is considered to be the first truly Gothic Church, serving as a model for Notre-Dame and other Gothic churches across Europe.
Not only is it an architectural marvel, but it is also the Royal Necropolis. Nearly every French king from 639 to 1842 was buried there. In total, 43 kings, 32 queens, 63 princes/princesses, and 10 ministers of the realm were interred in Saint-Denis. The history of the French nation is inscribed in the stones, tombs, and crypts of this cathedral, making it a unique religious monument.
A visit to this church is a visit of discovery of French royalty, tracing its roots back to the very first of the Carolingian dynasty (ca 750 AD) to the last kings of the House of Bourbon in the 1800s.
Discover this unique location and visit with French royalty!