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

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 It’s a big church on the highest hill with a view. If you’ve toured one big church, you’ve toured them all as this is quite similar to many other Catholic cathedrals around the world, but one of the most iconic and famous. Entry to walk around is free, with donations accepted for lighting candles. They keep tourists quiet and respectful, which is excellent.

Robert Harris - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful church at the top of a rare peak in Paris. It's a great place to start a wander around the surrounding streets. The stained glass windows of the Basilica are stunning when the sun shines through at certain times of the day. Yes, it's very touristy but it is certainly a must-see when in Paris.

Andrew Fletcher - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Just a gorgeous church that everyone whoever had been to Paris should check in at. Photo shootings are not allowed in the church. However, you can take a lot of breath taking picture outside if you go during a good weather day. Or even spend a few euros just to climb to the top of the church to get a look at the beautiful city of Paris. The staircase to the top has specific opening hours so it’s best to check it before you go. For us, we went after lunch and it was a good 300 stairs which was a perfect walk after a good meal. Also, there is a security check before you enter the church. It is free to enter the church though.

Jason Lin - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating Well worth the visit. It is frequented by many tourists and locals so expect it to be busy. People will often be sitting on the steps admiring the views eating food or simply watching others. The inside of the church is incredibly beautiful and one can easily feel lost within its walls. I feel it important to mention that no photos are allowed in the church so please be respectful, I saw many tourists snapping away despite the many signs.

Kyle Mostert - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Such a gorgeous building and the vista from this point is well worth the many steps we took to get up to the cathedral. Also, recommend paying to go up to the top. Be warned there are over 300 steps and it gets very narrow the closer to the top you go. But don't worry once up to the top you won't have regretted the climb up one bit.

Angie Rieger - 1 month ago

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