Saint-Denis in Île-de-France

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Paris / Île-de-France
Reading Time:  7 minutes

Town hall © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0

Town hall © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0

Saint-Denis is a commune in the northern suburbs of Paris, France. It is located 9.4 km (5.8 mi) from the centre of Paris. Saint-Denis, which has a population of 112,000, is a subprefecture of the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, being the seat of the arrondissement of Saint-Denis. It is home to France’s national football and rugby stadium, the Stade de France, built for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Saint-Denis is a formerly industrial suburb currently changing its economic base. Inhabitants of Saint-Denis are called Dionysiens.

Saint-Denis is home to the royal necropolis of the Basilica of Saint-Denis and was also the location of the associated abbey. The basilica became a place of pilgrimage and a necropolis containing the tombs of the French Kings, including nearly every king from the 10th century through Louis XVIII in the 19th century. Henry IV of France came to Saint-Denis to formally renounce his Protestant faith and become a Catholic. The Queens of France were crowned at Saint-Denis, and the royal regalia, including the sword used for crowning the kings and the royal sceptre, were kept at Saint-Denis between coronations.

Until the 3rd century, Saint-Denis was a small settlement called Catolacus or Catulliacum, probably meaning “estate of Catullius”, a Gallo-Roman landowner. About 250 AD, the first bishop of Paris, Saint Denis, was martyred on Montmartre hill and buried in Catolacus. Shortly after 250 AD, his grave became a shrine and a pilgrimage centre, with the building of the Abbey of Saint Denis, and the settlement was renamed Saint-Denis. In 1793, during the French Revolution, Saint-Denis was renamed Franciade in a gesture of rejection of religion. In 1803, however, under the Consulate of Napoléon Bonaparte, the city reverted to its former name of Saint-Denis.

Saint-Denis Cathedral, resting place of French kings and the worlds first and oldest Gothic Cathedral © flickr.com - Ed Ogle/cc-by-2.0 Saint-Denis Cathedral © Zairon/cc-by-sa-4.0 Canal Saint-Denis - Pont Tournant & Cathedral © Claude Shoshany/cc-by-2.5 © flickr.com - Guilhem Vellut/cc-by-2.0 Jardin Fatima Bedar © VVVCFFrance/cc-by-sa-4.0 © panoramio.com - 4net/cc-by-3.0 Parc Georges Valbon © flickr.com - Guilhem Vellut/cc-by-sa-2.0 Rue Gabriel-Peri © Myrabella/cc-by-sa-3.0 Stade de France - Nations League 2018 - France vs. Netherlands © Darthvadrouw/cc-by-sa-4.0 Town hall © Chabe01/cc-by-sa-4.0 Saint-Denis Cathedral - Choir Glass © Amirwiki/cc-by-2.5
<
>
Saint-Denis Cathedral, resting place of French kings and the worlds first and oldest Gothic Cathedral © flickr.com - Ed Ogle/cc-by-2.0
Saint-Denis is the seat of the Roman Catholic diocese of Saint-Denis and is today one of the centers of Islam in France with all related problems (Laïcité (secularism) (separation of state and church and citizens can voluntarily pursue a religion on a personal basis or not without restricting the freedoms of others. This also applies to freedom of expression, which even goes beyond that. It is legally anchored that all citizens can express their opinion freely, even at the risk of offending others with their expression of opinion. Islamists see both as an attack on Islam, which is of course absolute nonsense, because the French law on the Separation of the Churches and the State dates from 1905, so it existed long before Muslims, Islam and especially its unpleasant side effects became a topic in today’s Europe at all), Islamist attacks in France). The city has a greatly increased crime rate compared to the national average. French President Emmanuel Macron and the major Muslim umbrella organizations recently concluded a “secularism agreement” which once again makes it clear that the vast majority of French Muslims live on the basis of French law (DW, 5 February 2022: France launches new body aiming to reshape Islam). Whether and how this will affect Islamists and their behavior remains to be seen, especially since the damage has already been done. The majority of the population does not consider political Islam in particular to be integrable and, in view of the numerous terrorist attacks in the recent past, is in favor of much tougher measures (including mass repatriations to countries of origin) than is currently the case e.g. in Germany. In view of the historical significance of Saint-Denis, these are definitely shocking developments. At the same time, of course, one always has to point out the obvious:

  • There are radicalized weirdos in almost every religious community. Of course, anyone who has studied the history of Christianity knows this all too well. Numerous stories about violence, murder and manslaughter, which today would tend to be ascribed to the Quran, actually come from the Bible. That doesn’t excuse anything, but it does ensure the necessary perspective and proportionality in the overall view.
  • Currently there is a tiny group of Mohammed crackheads (The Sunday Times, 6 February 2022: Hatchet job or brave reporting? French town torn apart by TV documentary) who discredit an entire religious group with their deeds (France assumes around 10,000 threats out of a total of around 5 million Muslims. In Germany, the figure is just under 2,100 out of a total of 5.25 million Muslims) and reduce their (economic and socially) future prospects. That’s part of the strategy. A permanent split between the majority society and the minorities is to be achieved in order to trigger social unrest. Islamists cannot deal well with the fact that Islamism has brought their countries of origin almost only disadvantages, high rates of crime, corruption, exploitation, fraternal wars and a lack of prospects, while secularism brings almost only advantages. It is precisely these advantages that need to be eliminated – in their views.
  • As a former proud colonial power, one has to live with the fact that residents from all parts of the colonial empire strive for the mother country and become a visible and audible part of the population there. The street scenes of e.g. Amsterdam and London also make this clear. On the other hand, one can of course try to stir up antipathy against it. As a great thinker, however, you will not go down in the history books for it.

Read more on Saint-Denis, Département Seine-Saint-Denis, Wikivoyage Saint-Denis and Wikipedia Saint-Denis (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

The Turning Torso in Malmö

The Turning Torso in Malmö

[caption id="attachment_153900" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Turning Torso and Western Harbour by night © flickr.com - bjaglin[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]HSB Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden and the Nordic countries, situated in Malmö, located on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait. Upon completion, it was the tallest building in Scandinavia. It is presently the third tallest residential building in Europe, after the 264‑metre (866 ft) Triumph Palace in Moscow and the 212‑metre Sky Tower in Wrocław...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Brittany - Vitré

Theme Week Brittany - Vitré

[caption id="attachment_152715" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Historical city centre © Electzik[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Vitré (Breton: Gwitreg) is a commune in the Ille-et-Vilaine department in Brittany in north-western France. Vitré, a sub-prefecture until 1926, is the seat of a canton of around 17,000 inhabitants (2006). It lies on the edge of Brittany, near Normandy, Maine, and Anjou. The town has been designated a ville d'art et d'histoire, a town of artistic and historic significance, by the Ministry of Culture in r...

[ read more ]

Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Miami-Dade County Courthouse

[caption id="attachment_191684" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Daniel Di Palma/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Miami-Dade County Courthouse is a historic courthouse located at 73 West Flagler Street in Miami, Florida. Constructed over four years (1925–28), it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1989. The building is 361 feet tall with 28 floors. When it was built, it was the tallest building in Miami and in Florida. It is still in use as the main civil courthouse of Miami-Da...

[ read more ]

Kilkenny City

Kilkenny City

[caption id="attachment_160541" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kilkenny Castle © Przemysław Sakrajda[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kilkenny is a city and is the county town of the eponymous County Kilkenny in Ireland. It is situated on both banks of the River Nore in the province of Leinster, in the south-east of Ireland. The borough has a population of 8,661, however the majority of the population live outside the borough boundary, the 2006 Irish Census gives the total population of the Borough & Environs as 22,179. Kil...

[ read more ]

Jost Van Dyke

Jost Van Dyke

[caption id="attachment_153622" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Jost Van Dyke - White Bay © Cemerp/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]At roughly 8 square kilometers, and about 3 square miles Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands, the northern portion of the archipelago of the Virgin Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. Jost Van Dyke lies about 8 km to the northwest of Tortola and 8 km to the north of Saint John. Little Jost Van Dyke lies off its eastern end. ...

[ read more ]

The floating private residence The World

The floating private residence The World

[caption id="attachment_152656" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The World in Monaco © Bahnfrend/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The World is a cruise ship serving as a residential community owned by its residents. The residents, from about 40 different countries, live on board as the ship travels the globe—staying in most ports from 2 to 5 days. Some residents live on board full time while others visit periodically throughout the year. It is operated by ResidenSea, headquartered in Miramar, Florida. It has 165...

[ read more ]

La Rochelle, the french Geneva

La Rochelle, the french Geneva

[caption id="attachment_160499" align="aligncenter" width="590"] The Harbour at night © Eric Pouhier[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]La Rochelle is a city in western France and a seaport on the Bay of Biscay, a part of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the capital of the Charente-Maritime department. The city is connected to the Île de Ré by a 2.9 km (1.8 mi) bridge completed on 19 May 1988. Its harbour opens into a protected strait, the Pertuis d'Antioche. The city has beautifully maintained its past architecture, making it one of the mos...

[ read more ]

Kensington Palace Gardens in London

Kensington Palace Gardens in London

[caption id="attachment_224688" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Entrance area to Kensington Palace Gardens © Oxfordian Kissuth/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="Deutsch Female" buttontext="Beitrag anhören"]Kensington Palace Gardens is an exclusive street in Kensington, west of central London, near Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. Entered through gates at either end and guarded by sentry boxes, it was the location of the London Cage, the British government MI19 centre used during the Second World War and the Cold War. Several foreign diplomatic missions are locat...

[ read more ]

Bucharest, Paris of the East

Bucharest, Paris of the East

[caption id="attachment_154255" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Museum of the Arts © Laurap[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bucharest is the capital city, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania. It is the largest city in Romania, located in the southeast of the country and is located on the banks of the Dâmbovița River. Bucharest has 2.5 million citizen and is the 6th largest city in the European Union. Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and one of the main industrial centres and transpor...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Sicily - Corleone

Theme Week Sicily - Corleone

[caption id="attachment_153575" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Palazzina Ficuzza © Azotoliquido/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Corleone is a small town and comune of approximately 11,000 inhabitants in the Province of Palermo. It is located in the valley between the "Rocca ri Maschi", the "Castello Soprano" and the "Castello Sottano". Corleone is the "city of the 100 churches". Within the territory of Corleone, a short walk from the historic center of the city is the " Natural Park of the cascade of two fortresses ." ...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
Jungle Island © panoramio.com - qwesy qwesy/cc-by-3.0
Jungle Island in Miami

Jungle Island, formerly Parrot Jungle, is a relaunched eco-adventure park on Watson Island, Miami, Florida, United States. The park is...

Entrance area to Kensington Palace Gardens © Oxfordian Kissuth/cc-by-sa-3.0
Kensington Palace Gardens in London

Kensington Palace Gardens is an exclusive street in Kensington, west of central London, near Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace. Entered...

Plaza de San Pedro © Zarateman/cc-by-sa-4.0
Coria in Extremadura

Coria is a Spanish municipality in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, formed by the city of the same name and...

Close