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Map of the tombs in the Saint Denis basilica

About forty two kings, thirty two queens, sixty three princes and princesses and ten loyal servants of the kingdom were buried in the Basilica of Saint Denis until the nineteenth century. This kings necropolis is one of the most important funerary monuments in the world. This was not always the case. Indeed, the Abbey in Saint-Denis was confronted with competition, especially from Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and only got recognition thanks to the obstinacy of Abbey Suger and the support of the Capetian dynasties.

Seventy recumbent figures and tombs are found in the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, mostly in their original place. The remains of the kings were placed under the recumbent figures, before being profaned and destroyed by revolutionaries in 1793.

The discovery of the royal necropolis of Saint Denis is a journey through the history of France and the unique record of the evolution of funerary art from the twelfth to the sixteenth century.

Download the map in PDF format of the recumbent statues in Saint Denis Basilica

A floor Plan of the Saint Denis Basilica

Bold print: sovereigns (with the dates of their reign)
- tombs in Saint-Denis before the Revolution
+ tombs in Saint-Denis after the Revolution

Merovingians

+ 1 Clovis I 481-511
+ 2 Childebert I 511-558
+ 3 Fredegund † 597
- 4 Dagobert I 629-639
- 5 Clovis II 639-657

Carolingians

- 6 Charles Martel † 741
- 7 - 8 Pepin the Short 751-768 and Bertrada † 783
- 9 Carloman 768-771
- 10 Ermentrude † 869
- 11 Louis III 879-882
- 12 Carloman 882-884

Capetians

- 13 Robert II the Pious 996-1031
- 14 Constance of Arles † 1032
- 15 Henri I 1031-1060
- 16 Louis VI le Gros 1108-1137

- 17 Philippe † 1131
- 18 Constance of Castile † 1160
+ 19 Philippe † 1235
+ 20 Louis † 1260
+ 21 + 22 Blanche † 1243 and Jean † 1248
+ 23 Louis and Philippe
+ 24 Marie de Brienne (?) † v. 1280
- 25 Philippe III the Bold 1270-1285
- 26 Isabella of Aragon † 1271
+ 27 Robert II of Artois † 1317
+ 28 + 29 Louis, count of Evreux † 1319 and Marguerite of Artois † 1311
+ 30 Blanche † 1320
+ 31 unidentified Princess
- 32 Philippe IV 1285-1314
- 33 Louis X  1314-1316
- 34 Philippe V  1316-1322
- 35 Charles IV the fair 1322-1328

- 36 Jean Ier  † 1316
+ 37 Clémence of Hungary † 1328
- 38 Jeanne of Évreux † 1371
+ 39 Charles I of Anjou, king of Sicily † 1285
+ 40 Charles, count of Valois † 1325
+ 41 Charles of Évreux, count of Étampes † 1336
+ 42 Charles, count of Alençon † 1346
+ 43 Marie of Spain † 1379
- 44 Jeanne II, Queen of Navarre † 1349
- 45 Blanche † 1393
- 46 Margaret † 1382

Valois

- 47 - 48 Blanche of Navarre † 1398 and Jeanne † 1371
- 49 Philippe VI 1328-1350
- 50 John II the Goodman 1350-1364

- 51 + 52 Charles V the Sage 1364-1380 and Jeanne of Bourbon † 1377
- 53 Bertrand Du Guesclin † 1380
- 54 Louis de Sancerre † 1402
+ 55 Leon VI of Lusignan, king of Armenia † 1393
- 56 Charles VI 1380-1422
- 57 Isabeau of Baviere † 1435
- 58 Guillaume de Châtel † 1436
+ 59 Béatrice of Bourbon, Queen of Bohemian † 1383
+ 60 unidentified Princess
+ 61 Tombs of Dukes of Orléans
+ 61 Louis, duke of  Orléans † 1407
+ 61 Valentine Visconti † 1408
+ 61 Philippe of Orléans, count of Vertus † 1420
+ 61 Charles, duke of Orléans, the poet † 1465
- 62 Louis XII 1498-1515 and Anne of Brittany † 1514
+ 63 Marie de Bourbon-Vendôme † 1538

Valois-Angoulême

- 64 François I 1515-1547 and Claude of France † 1524
- 65 funeral Urn of François I
- 66 Louis, cardinal de Bourbon † 1557
- 67 - 68 Henri II 1547-1559 and Catherine of Médicis † 1589 (tombs and monuments)
+ 69 François II 1559-1560
+ 70 + 71 Henri III 1574-1589 and Louise of Lorraine † 1601

Bourbons

+ 72 Louis XVI 1774-1793 and Marie-Antoinette † 1793

Map of the crypt in the Basilica Cathedral

Royal caskets

1 Louis VII 1137-1180
2 Louis de Lorraine † 1601
3 Louis XVI 1774-1793
4 Marie-Antoinette † 1793
5 Louis XVIII 1814-1824
6 Princes caskets
7 Hearts
8 Ossuary
9 Archaeological Crypt
10 Cenotaph of the Bourbon family
11 Heart of Louis XVII

Figures whose effigies were destroyed or were never made

Charles the Bald 840-877
Eudes 888-898

Hugues the great, Duke of France, † 956
Hugues Capet 987-996
Philippe Auguste 1180-1223
Louis VIII the Lion 1223-1226
Louis IX, or Saint Louis 1226-1270
and Marguerite de Provence † 1295
Jeanne de Bourgogne, wife of Philippe VI, † 1348
Jeanne of Auvergne, wife of Jean II
Charles VII 1422-1461 and Marie d'Anjou † 1463
Charles VIII 1483-1498
Henri IV 1589-1610
Louis XIII 1610-1643

Anne of Austria† 1666
Louis XIV 1643-1715
Marie-Thérèse of Austria † 1683
Louis, the Great Dauphin † 1711
Louis, duke of Bourgogne, dauphin † 1712
Louis XV 1715-1774
Marie Leszczynska † 1768



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