Saint Denis

For other places with the same name, see Saint Denis (disambiguation).
Maison d'éducation de la Légion d'honneur and basilique

Saint Denis is a suburb (banlieue) just north of Paris.

The martyred saint was said to have been beheaded in Paris, yet miraculously picked up his own head, washed it and walked nearly ten kilometers north to his future namesake village. In Paris, you can see his headless statue by the main door of Notre Dame and his headless portrait in the mosaic of Sacre Coeur.

The city grew around the Basilica of Saint Denis, where his relics are currently stored.

Get in

To get to Saint-Denis, take the Métro 13 (light blue) and head north: the terminal is St. Denis Université, but get off one stop before at Basilique de Saint-Denis. No additional fare is required.

Get around

Canal Saint-Denis, with precarious housing and the Stade de France


Grave of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne in Basilique de Saint-Denis



The market
Gabriel-Peri pedestrian street

Stay safe

With 150 criminal incidents per 1,000 inhabitants in 2005, Saint-Denis is known as one of the least safe places in France, so avoid getting lost at night.

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