Tour: the Basilica of Saint Denis
Private tour with skip the Line & Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
Your Versailles & Monarchy highly qualified guide with his chauffeur will meet your at your hotel in Paris and will escort you to the Saint Denis Basilica for a VIP half day tour of the very first gothic cathedral in the world : burial place of most Kings and Queens of France since the 7th Century up to and including Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette.
Be inspired by the magnificent gothic structure highly worthwhile in itself, and by the impressive tombs of French monarchs, and be taken to a unique time-travel through more than 1500 years of royal grandeur. During this visit, you’ll be told the history of this very tight link between the Roman Catholic Church and the French throne, an unfailing link which eventually led to the tragic destruction of the monarchy.
You will then picture why funeral rites of Kings had to be so impressive and symbolically powerful, such as the one of Louis XIV, “The Sun King” which lasted 2 months and cost the equivalent of a beautiful chic Mansion.