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Introduction
Guided Tour of the Basilica of Saint Denis
English Workshop
Classwork : Task A
Classwork : Task B
Homework : Task A

Living History Project

Living History Project Index

 

Classwork Task B

Before you visit the Basilica St Denis try to fill in the blanks below. This will allow you to learn a little about the basilica before you see it.

The basilica was built on the cemetery where the first bishop of Paris, .......................... was buried. As early as the 5th century it was considered a special place and people would go there on .......................... In 754 Pepin the .......................... was crowned in the abbey by the Pope, in the presence of his sons Carloman and the future ........................... It was the abbot .......................... who began rebuilding the church in 1137.

From the early Middle Ages Saint Denis was used as a royal .......................... and many kings were buried there. Several kings of the .......................... dynasty were buried there including Dagobert.

Members of the Carolingian royal family were also buried in the church, including .......................... , Pepin the Short and Charles the .......................... . From Hugh Capet onwards, all the kings of France but three were buried in Saint Denis.

The basilica is famous today because of its .......................... architecture and because it is the cemetery of kings.

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Twelve of the recumbent effigies in the South transept.

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THE LIVING HISTORY PROJECT

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Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis

1. Inside the basilica

Find out the names of the different parts of the basilica.

What special features are there? Describe the inside.

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2. There are 14 recumbent (lying down) effigies in the South transept.

  1. These effigies show the kings and queens from which dynasties?

  2. Describe them (faces/eyes/clothes : made from what?)

  3. There is a lion on one of the effigies. What do you think the lion/dog was a symbol of?

  4. Indentify the kings and queens which the following images represent.

 

3. Find the effigy of Charles V

It is not represented in the same way as the other effigies . What is the difference?

 

4. Find the tomb of Louis XII and Anne de Bretagne.

Louis XII

  1. There are two images of the king - describe them.

  2. At the bottom is a fresco. What does it show?

    Fresco

  3. Around the tomb are 4 statues at the corners. What are they? They are meant to represent the qualities a king should have. What do you think those qualities are?

 

5. Go down into the crypt.

Crypt

Whose remains can be found there?

 

6. Go to the ambulatory and look at the stained glass windows.

STAINED GLASS

Describe them or if you can, draw a scene from them.

What scenes from the Old and New testament can you see?

stained glass windows

 

7. Outside the basilica

What features can you see?

Outside the basilica

 

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