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Royal Tombs, Abbey Church Of Saint Denis, France

Jeanne of Bourbon and Charles V

Statues gisants, marble, second half of 14th century (origine Church of the Celestins, Paris) for Jeanne of Bourbon, 1374, by Andre Beauneveu for Charles V; Louis of Sancerre, Bertrand du Guesclin, Charles VI and Isabeau of Bavaria in the distance

Charles V

Statue gisant, marble, 1374, by Andre Beauneveu; Louis of Sancerre, Bertrand du Guesclin, Charles VI and Isabeau of Bavaria in the distance

Henry II and Catherine de' Medici

Funerary monument, created by Francesco Primaticcio who appointed Germain Pilon as sculptor, commissionned by Catherine de' Medici at the death of Henry II, completed in 1570

Louis X

Statue gisant, marble, circa 1327, Constance of Arles and Robert the Pious, stone, circa 1263, commissionned by Saint Louis, in the background

Charles V

Statue gisant, marble, 1374, by Andre Beauneveu, Jeanne of Bourbon, marble, second half of 14th century (origine Church of the Celestins, Paris), in the background

Isabeau of Bavaria and Charles VI

Statues gisants, marble, 1429, by Pierre de Thoiry

Henry II and Catherine de' Medici

Statues gisants in coronation vestments, marble, by Germain Pilon, commissionned by Catherine de' Medici in 1583

Blanche of France

Statue gisant, circa 1392, marble, by Jean de Liege and Robert Loisel, restored during the 19th century

Catherine de' Medici

Statue gisant in coronation vestments, marble, by Germain Pilon, commissionned by Catherine de' Medici in 1583

Clovis I

Statue gisant of the first king of the Francs, stone, 1220 - 1230 (origine Church of Sainte Genevieve, Paris)

Funerary Column of the Heart of Francis II

Detail of skulls, marble porphyry, 1562 - 1570, by Francesco Primaticcio (architect), Jacquio Ponce (sculptor), Jean Leroux (sculptor)

Funerary monument of Louis XII and Anne of Brittany

1516 - 1531, marble of Carrara, by Giovani di Giusto Betti

John II and Philip IV of Valois

Statues gisants, marble, 1364, by Andre Beauneveu, commissionned by Charles V, son of John the Good and grand son of Philip IV of Valois

Charles of Anjou

Count of Anjou, King of Sicily, statue gisant, marble, 1326 (origine Church of the Jacobins, Paris)

Pepin the Short

Statue gisant, stone, 1263 - 1264, commissionned by Saint Louis

Along with its role as the birthplace of Gothic architecture, the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis also continued as the burial site of French kings spanning from the Merovingian era (AD 447-751) to the later Bourbon dynasty (1589-1789 and 1814-1830). The rich sculptural art of the church includes both striking Biblical figures created during the Late Romanesque and Early Gothic era of Suger, and a notable series of Late Gothic tomb effigies of French rulers.