Basilica of Saint-Denis

The basilica was built on the tomb of Saint Denis and was the burial place of the kings of France after Dagobert's death in 639. From 1135 and even before, Father Suger undertook the reconstruction of the Carolingian church. The harmonic facade, witness of the new Gothic period, was dedicated on June 9, 1140 and the chevet was consecrated in 1144. The whole thing was completed in the 13th century at the time of Saint-Louis.

About this building

Key Features

  • Architecture
  • Stained glass
  • Monuments
  • Interior features
  • Atmosphere / quiet space
  • Churchyard
  • Social heritage
  • Links to national heritage
  • Famous people or stories

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m

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Church of the Sacré-Cœur

The church was designed by Paul Abadie in 1874. The interior of the nave was inaugurated in 1891. The entire façade was completed in 1914. The consecration was made official on 16 October 1919. The church was then erected as a minor basilica. The building was officially completed in 1923 with the completion of the interior decoration. Paul Abadie managed the site until his death in 1884. He was succeeded by several architects, including Lucien Magne.

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Church of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

The first stone was laid in 1824. The realization was entrusted to Jean-Baptiste Lepère and taken over in 1831 by his genus Jean-Ignace Hittorf. The work was slowed down by the Revolution of 1830 but the church was finally consecrated in 1844. The Chapel of the Virgin Mary was built between 1869 and 1870. It was Napoleon III who offered the sculpture of the Virgin Mary made by Carrier-Belleuse.