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
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

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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 5

5 Star Rating Beautiful views of Paris as seen in the photos. A nice temple in the heart of Paris. There are a fair amount of stairs be warned! A harpist was playing while I was there last, very romantic even on an overcast day. Attracts a fair amount of tourists too.

Jordan Marr - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a "must see" in Paris. It's a church on top of a hill that offers great views of the city. The church itself is great to look at. The best time to go in the summer would be around sunset. The vibe is fantastic- there's so many people around. People sit on the steps on the way up to the church and view the sun setting over Paris. You'll only have to pay to travel there. There's no other costs involved. What I annoyed about this place: 1. There's an aggressive bunch of men who linger around the entrance. I observed them. They try to make a quick buck by literally "roping" you in with string. They try to tie string around your fingers and make you pay them to take it off. Stay clear of them. Really don't understand how the police aren't doing anything about them. 2. The hawkers will try and sell you beer and cigarettes etc. Stay clear of them. Be very cautious...they look dodgey.

Hari swaminathan - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating Lovely basilica. It has an excellent view of Paris, a great garden and a romantic atmosphere. Beware of the tourist scams - some men might trick you into put a string bracelet to your wrist claiming it's free, and once that it's tied out they will ask you for money.

Samuel Leça - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating Definitely a place to visit with stunning views of metropolitan Paris. However, watch out for the scams in this area. The string guys are very aggressive. They will block your way, then proceed to grab your wrist, arm; be assertive and don't let them touch you. Also avoid this area at night. Not the safest place to be at.

Matt Padua - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Fantastic place. Beautiful building an an amazing view of Paris. But watch out for the string men who hang around at the bottom of the steps. Keep your hands by your sides. The guy I got was fast and wouldn't let go. Don't let it put you off going. They are not always there. Just be careful. I went in the evening. I avoided them on the way down via the funicular railway.

Master Chief - 29 days ago

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