The Sacré Coeur, the Basilica of the Sacréd Heart of Paris, is actually a Roman Catholic Church. It serves as a monument to both political and cultural parties. It is seen as a penance for the excesses of the second empire as well as an embodiment of conservative morals and order.
It was both dedicated to honour the 58,000 lives lost in the Franco-Prussian war and to "expiate the crimes of the Commune" (an uprising that ensued as a result of the war). The location for the Sacré Coeur was decided when the successor to the martyred Archbishop Georges Darboy, Guibert, had a vision which revealed that the Butte Montmartre was where the martyrs were.
The Sacré Coeur was designed by Paul Abadie, who passed away not long after the foundation stone was laid, when he won a competition that was entered by 77 other architects for the job. His work was completed by five other architects. There were many stumbling blocks that were placed in the path of the construction of the Sacré Coeur but it prevailed and the foundation stone was laid on 16 June 1875 with construction being completed in 1914 and dedicated in 1919 after World War 1.
The Sacré Coeur has played a major role in Catholicism and is still used as a place of worship today. It is possible to attend services and mass each day. It is quite remarkable that the entire construction was funded through donations made by various pilgrims and the faithful. The stone the Sacré Coeur is built of remains white, no matter how much weathering and pollution it is subjected to which the faithful relate to the purity of Christ.
It is worth noting that you will not be permitted to make use of any cameras or video recorders within the Basilica. You are also asked to remain silent so as not to disturb the faithful who come from around the world to pray in this majestic Cathedral.
Nearby attraction: District of Montmartre
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Sacré CoeurFee: No
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Monday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Tuesday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Wednesday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Thursday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Friday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Saturday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
- Sunday: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Category: Churches Landmarks & Historical Buildings
35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre
Phone: +33 1 53 41 89 00
Chun P. Mar-07-2020
5 years later I'm back again...and its still free! As a life long practicing atheist, I can still appreciate this bright, bold, beautiful church that... Read More
CC B. Feb-29-2020
We were so glad we stopped here. The building is beautiful and photographs really well. We climbed up all of the stairs outside but did not go inside... Read More
Sue S. Jan-05-2020
Ever since I studied French in high school, I've dreamt of visiting the beautiful white domes of Sacre-Coeur. There are obviously thousands of beautiful... Read More
Accommodations near Sacré Coeur:
|Metro / RER Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|M2||Anvers||9 minutes (4 to the Funicular)|
|M12||Abbesses||11 minutes (5 to the Funicular)|
How to get to Sacré Coeur by Metro / RER
By Metro: Exit at either Anvers Station on the M2 Line or Abbesses Station on the M12 Line. To get to the Funicular that goes up to the base of the Basilica go to Abbesses Station on the M12 line; exit to the left and follow Rue Yvonne le Tac east watching for the sign to the Funicular (5 minutes) or you can take the stairs (11 minutes). From Anvers Station on the M2 line follow the crowds heading north past all the little shops on Rue de Steinkerque and head up the stairs (9 minutes) or go left at Place St. Pierre and look for the sign to the Funicular (4 minutes).
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