Guided tour and stone sculpture workshop at the Saint-Denis basilica

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During the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and within the famous Basilic Saint Denis, the association “Suivez la fleche” and the Centre des monuments Nationaux have joint up forces to develop a unique experience to the Rugby fans visiting the Stade de France. This will allow those happy few to combine discovery a unique French historic monument with a live practice of traditional related Craftsmanship.

  • Location: Saint-Denis
  • Duration: 2h30
  • Access by Public Transport: Basilique de Saint-Denis (métro ligne 13)
  • Language: English

Guided tour and stone sculpture workshop at the Saint-Denis basilica
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Discover the Saint-Denis basilica and the way cathedrals were built back in the 12h and 13th centuries.

Whereas the Centre des monuments Nationaux -French Center for National monuments- is in charge of the full operation and visit f theunique architectural and historical heritage, the Basilica-Cathedral of Saint Denis, the association “Suivez la fleche” is conducting the reconstruction of the Spire, destroyed since 1846, as a result of several severe storms, whereas the monument of the developed a specific tour offer,

The aim is to propose, within the context of the Rugby World cup, a unique joint offer, dedicated to the rediscovery of its historical and architectural heritage.

Your experience will begin with a guided tour of Saint-Denis Basilica-Cathedral, a Gothic gem and royal necropolis. After immersing in the history of architecture and sculptures, you will experience first- hand the skills of the stone carvers, who built this monument centuries ago : grab their tools and carve your own stone.

Under the guidance of the mediators of the association, each participant will be able to create a bas relief, featuring the flag of your team, your country and bring it back home as a vivid memory of your stay in France.

One last question remains unanswered : who between the roosters, roses or wallabies will be the most sculpted? It’s up to you to increase the numbers to win the fans' challenge!


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