The church of our patron
St. Denis is the patron saint of France and the first bishop of Paris back when it was a very much a roman city. The basilica is known to be the first major structure to be built in a gothic like style. Construction began in 1136 by Abbot Suger but was not finished until the end of the 13th century. The basilica is now credited for the constructions of other building in its style.
According to catholic tradition the roman government was not very fond of Denis and decided to have him executed by beheading of course. Denis immediately rose, picked up his head and walked 6 kilometers ( 3.7 miles) north and eventually died. The spot he fell on is now the town of St. Denis.