Sacré Coeur

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
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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

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • 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

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

Phone: 01 53 41 89 00

Official Website: Sacré Coeur

Directions

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 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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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5Sacré-Cœur Star Rating

4 Star Rating We went here at night and it was stunning! The Bassillica is so impressive at night as it's lit up and looks like a shining beacon above Paris. There is a tram that can take you from the bottom to the top if you don't fancy the walk, cost is the same as one metro ticket, which you can buy 10 for about 13 euros. Views of Paris from the top and stunning in either day or night, a must see.

Harrison Armstrong - 17 hours ago

4 Star Rating Amazing view of the city from top of the hill. Unlike other high vantage point places, here, you can sit on the stairs, relax and chat. A good place to visit even if the church is closed. Be careful of you belongings and con artists - particularly at the foot of the stairs.

Antony Nithesh - 1 day ago

4 Star Rating It was a wonderful experience being there. The visited the church. It was quite peaceful to be there. The architecture was good. They have cable way trolley to go up to the first level. There is car park here and good place to get the view of Paris from here. There is small train here on wheels running on road to go upto the entrance of Church.

Deepak Jaisingh - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is amazing. Magical! It's an amalgamation of art, history, architecture, and local life happening. You can be sure to take in great views of the city (it's the highest point in Paris), see beautiful art galleries, cute little cafes, and maybe even get your portrait drawn by the amazing local artists. You can't also visit Salvador dali's house which is now a museum and will be one of the best museums you'll ever see!

Shirin Eghtesadi - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating I began to really appreciate it after seeing a beautifully constructed model of the building inside the basilica. It showed details of the exterior architecture that you wouldn't be able to see just from walking around it. Visiting during the day was wonderful because you could see the Paris skyline, and the nice thing about coming here in winter is that it's not overcrowded with tourists. I don't recommend coming to Montmartre on a rainy or cloudy day. It could get chilly fast.

Dana Ahdab - 23 days ago

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