City of St. Denis

Saint-Denis, a town in the Middle Ages

Saint-Denis is a commune in the northern suburb of Paris with about 100.000 inhabitants. It is located 9.4 km (5.8 mi) from the centre of Paris.

Saint-Denis is home to the royal necropolis of the Basilica of Saint Denis and was also the location of the associated abbey. It is also home to France's national stadium, the Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Saint-Denis is a formerly industrial suburb currently reconverting its economic base. Inhabitants of Saint-Denis are called Dionysiens.

Basilique Cathedrale de Saint-Denis

Photos of Basilique Cathedrale de Saint-Denis

The Cathedral Basilica of Saint-Denis became the first monumental masterpiece of Gothic art in the twelfth century. Its construction was completed in the time of St. Louis in the thirteenth century. At the time of the Capetians, Saint-Denis is the necropolis of the kings and queens of France. Today, we can admire nearly 70 effigies and tombs, the largest collection of funeral sculptures in the world.

Held since September of extensive restoration. Programmed over three years, this work aims to rehabilitate the west facade with its three portals. Another goal: to find the consistency and quality of the monument ornaments as they were designed in the 19th century, and thus find the desired by Abbot Suger magnificence.

Musee d'art et d'histoire

The Art and History Museum is housed since 1981 in the former Carmelite convent where Louise stayed in France, the last of the daughters of Louis XV. His arrival in 1770 helped build the neoclassical chapel transformed after the French Revolution in justice of the peace. The museum rooms devoted to archeology, a collection of objects from the former Hotel Dieu, a fund of the poet Paul Eluard, born in Saint-Denis, and a permanent exhibition on the seat and the Paris Commune (1870-1871).

 Musee d'art et d'histoire

La fabrique de la ville

La fabrique de la ville

The Making of the city: a strange story house {s}. The building is a witness of buildings ranging from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. The scaffolding should allow the public to enter into this "skeleton house" size in order to understand the techniques and develop the skills of the building trades. It is intended to present the city of Saint-Denis in terms of archeology, architecture and urbanism.  



Maison d'education de la legion d'honneur

Maison d'education de la legion d'honneurMaiso d'education de la legion d'honneur

Home education of the Legion of Honor is located in the old royal abbey of Saint-Denis. From the Middle Ages, a religious community settled near the tomb of Saint Denis in order to maintain and accommodate the pilgrims. Through influential abbots and protection of the kings of France, renowned spiritual Abbey beyond the borders of the kingdom. The whole abbey was rebuilt several times, it takes the form we know today in the 18th century. It was in 1791 when the monastic orders were suppressed by the Convention, that the buildings are abandoned and even threatened with a time of destruction. Napoleon's visit to Saint-Denis, decides to assign to the second house of education for girls, the first being Ecouen. This facility continues to operate well, welcoming each year nearly 500 students in the second degree.  

Historical itinerary in Saint-Denis

Historical tourTake a tour: The basilica at the Stade de France, 1.7 km, the city's history is told from its origins to the twenty-first century. The terminals 20 are illustrated with a steel object from inclusion of archaeological excavations (texts bilingual French / English). A leaflet describing the route is available at the Tourist Office.
Discover along the way many restaurants, as well as archaeological objects published and marketed by the association Franciade at 42 rue de la Boulangerie.
The course is supplemented by 60 other terminals arranged in front of the important buildings of the city.
Access to terminal 1: Metro line 13, stop "Basilique de Saint-Denis."

Stade de France - the national stadium of France

Stade de FranceThe Stade de France is the sixth largest stadium in Europe. It was built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and is used by both the France national football team and French rugby union team for international competition.

Let yourself be guided behind the scenes of a mythical place: the Stade de France.

Walk in the footsteps of your heroes and let yourself be seduced by the magic of places still steeped in emotion:
Go to the locker room, lawn edges, official forums ...
Relive the excitement of the biggest sporting events, shows and concerts that have built the legend of the Stade de France.
To complete the tour, do not miss the permanent exhibition and relive the great moments of life stage: its construction, its events, its daily via the original artwork, photos, and number of items autographed by biggest stars!
Finally, before you leave, go through STADEFRANCE Boulevard, the Walk of Fame, which commemorates the passage of the stars of stars reinforcement on the court.

Association "Franciade, le goût de la connaissance" - "Franciade, the knowledge taste"


The workshop Franciade shop specializes in publishing products of the archaeological heritage of Saint-Denis. In a setting made with eco-friendly construction techniques, a selection of objects derived from the heritage combining ceramics, stationery, jewelry, textiles, books, enhancing the skills of craftsmen, designers, people, the shop also offers workshop workshops and activities around different skills and crafts.