Sacré Coeur Basilica

Located on top of Butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris, the magnificent Sacré Coeur is a spectacular sight that also provides visitors with some superb views of Paris

Sacré Coeur-Crown of Montmartre
Sacré Coeur-Crown of Montmartre cc licensed ( BY ND ) flickr photo by serrotoicram

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

Fee: No

Sacré Coeur Basilica Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Thursday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Friday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Saturday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM
  • Sunday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 PM

Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France

Phone: 01 53 41 89 00

Official Website: Sacré Coeur Basilica

Sacré Coeur Basilica Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A beautiful place and a must if you visit Paris. The Basilica is really beautiful and it is collocated in the north zone of Paris, a little far away from the centre. From the top of the stairs, it is possible to admire the city. The only downside in this place are the people that try to force you to buy bracelets while you are going up the stairs. You really need to be careful as they tend to grab you and force you to buy something.
Febe M. - in the last week

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5 Star Rating Not the typical popular tourist spot like Eiffel tower or the Louvre. But it did not disappoint. A relaxing spot for the family and we stayed for more than a day. Took The Metro there, and walked around the streets leading to the church and took the tram next to the stairs up. The vendors sell the locks where you can write your names on them, and lock them along with others, what a memory to last a lifetime!!
Drew Wang - in the last week

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5 Star Rating A beautiful more than a century old church in the top. We need to climb up with steps and if you can't walk don't worry left side of the entrance have a lift/vehicle to bring you up(paid service).After you reached the top ,you could see stunning view of Paris. There are scopes available to see the view closer (paid service €1 -2)just put it inside.i have added scope view also here. Usually there is a queue for enter the church and bag check. Inside the church you will feel the silence and peaceful mind.there you can pray the lord. Candles 🕯 available inside you can pay with cards(self service).if you like even you can go to top of the church (paid service) to see view of Paris even higher. There are fences with pad locks if you want you can lock one too. Artists around the church used to play and sing. IF THIS review Helps you. HIT LIKE BUTTON 👍 AND FOLLOW
kanesalingam akilan - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Climb upstairs really worth the way! It’s an adventure lots of stairs really small, but still the view is amazing up there! I will go back for sure! And about inside it’s free and really great. And outside it’s a must-seen in Paris of course!
WTFlow - in the last week

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5 Star Rating It was absolutely beautiful. Once you make it to the top, the views are stunning. The inside of the church is awesome. all of the little locks on all the fences, millions of them.. a man was outside, entertaining, playing his guitar and singing. I highly recommend it you must go.. but a warning you must wear comfortable shoes and be in decent shape to climb the millions of stairs to get to the top. I had to take several breaks before we made it up, but it was very well worth it.
angelamatt101 - 2 months ago

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Metro / RER Line Nearest Station Walking Time
M2Anvers9 minutes (4 to the Funicular)
M12Abbesses11 minutes (5 to the Funicular)

How to get to Sacré Coeur Basilica 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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