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8. La Fabrique de la ville : a house full of stories, witness to History

What stories!

A unique site of its kind, the Fabrique de la ville offers a fresh look on the history of Saint-Denis: the visitor discovers the town's main architectural, social and economic transformations through an archaeological dig and the skeleton of a house.
This " maison échafaudage " or scaffolding-house used to be a home to artists until recent times, a bistrot in the 20th century, a hayloft in the 18th century....The same location, with different lives, uses and inhabitants. The house is witness to these individual stories, linked with French history and that of Saint-Denis. To this day, archaeologists still explore the archaeological site, as the progress of the dig and their finds contribute to the wealth of historical knowledge on a regular basis.

Overlooked by an amazing circus tent in the shape of a strange mushroom, the house of La Fabrique de la ville was " dressed " by architects Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne (Construire), Pierre Schneider and François Wunschel (1024 architecture).

Information and bookings

Unité d'archéologie de la ville de Saint-Denis
8, rue Franciade
93200 Saint-Denis
+ 33 (0)1 49 33 80 29 or 01 49 33 80 20

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Useful information

La Fabrique de la ville
4, rue du Cygne
93200 Saint-Denis

  • From July to October
  • Exceptional open days : Journées Européennes du Patrimoine, Fête de Saint-Denis
  • Guided tours, groups with advance bookings only, activities for enfants
  • Free entre. Limited places
  • No access : no path for disabled access to get to the upper floors

Getting there

By Métro, ligne 13 : basilique de Saint-Denis
By RER D : Saint-Denis Gare
By Tramway T1 : basilique de Saint-Denis
By car : link to interactive map

Parking Basilique

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