The Basilica of Saint Denis is a medieval abbey church in a northern suburb of Paris. Completed in 1144, it is considered to be the first Gothic church, a masterpiece of unique architectural importance. It served as the prototype for many other chapels built in the Gothic style in all over the France and Europe. From the 10th to 18th century, the basilica was the burial place of the French kings among which was Louis XIV. Many of the sculptures and graves of Kings were severely damaged during the French Revolution.