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VU081 Saint Denis Royal Basilica: A Jewel of Gothic Art

  • 08 Jun 2017
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Meet at 2.15pm at 1 rue de la Légion d'Honneur, 93200 Saint-Denis Metro: Basilique St Denis (line 13)
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Thursday, 8 June 2017

2.30pm – 4.00pm


The Basilica of Saint Denis is a large medieval abbey church of unique historical and architectural importance. Its choir, completed in 1144, is considered to be the first Gothic church.

Built on the grave of Saint-Denis, who was beheaded in the 3rd century, the abbey, where the kinds of France and their families were buried for centuries, is often referred to as the “royal necropolis of France.”

The basilica is a museum of sculptures with its magnificent recumbent statues which adorn the royal tombs.

Come and discover this jewel of gothic art.

About the instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

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