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
- 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
TJ N. Dec-05-2019
One of those historical landmarks worthy of the masses, and if you take your time it will take you half a day to experience the whole thing crypt to dome.... Read More
Donna B. Nov-30-2019
After more than a week in Paris, I have a love-hate relationship with the Sacré Coeur. This very popular Paris landmark in the 18th Arrondissement stands... Read More
Andi P. Nov-22-2019
5 Stars for one of the most epic views of Paris, a gorgeous basilica, with an important note on safety (particularly in the evening). This is truly one of... 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).
Map & Instant Route Finder
Click&Go Map and Route Finder with public transit, walking, driving or cycling directions. Get up-to-the-minute transit times for your route.