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

Currently Closed

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 Love this church. It's beautiful and a really nice place to pray. I like to meditate and light a candle in the back. It's an active church and they offer mass, confession, etc. It's probably my favourite church in Paris. Many large groups come through but they do try to keep people quiet and respectful..., just depends.

Laura Keciri - 6 hours ago

5 Star Rating This is yet another church with historic value . I must say it’s worth the climb. Better yet, take the funicular up the hill and save your legs. Normally, the funicular costs 6 euros each way. With a Paris Metro Navigo pass, it's free. Entry is free inside. The rich architecture and the efforts taken by recent artists to reconstruct is amazing. You can feel the Parisian atmosphere and enjoy awesome views over the city. You can feel the history surrounding you.

Vivek Ranjan - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating A beautiful building day or night. As is the norm these days there are huge queues to get in and around the inside but the best ambiance is achieved on a clear Parisian evening when you can see all across Paris. From the Eiffel Tower in the West all the way across the dancing night lights to the far off East of the city. It's a bit of hike up the hill to reach it but very well worth a visit.

Gary Insley - 17 days ago

4 Star Rating Amazing views from the top of the steps, well worth visiting! As others have said, we experienced the most aggressive approaches to selling goods here. We spotted the common tactic of placing a bracelet on someone's wrist and demanding that they then pay for it, but when a man grabbed my fiance's left hand and refused to loosen his grip for some time, it was clear he was trying to get his engagement ring. Like anywhere, be vigilant and keep your hands protected - in pockets or folded arms has worked well for us. Alternatively, get the very cheap funicular to the top to avoid this issue

Nocenti - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Breathtaking basilica! I visited on a Monday afternoon and it was wonderful. I would say one of the most impressive I have visited. Be prepared to see lots of crowds, but don't sorry about waiting too long in line to see inside as the line goes by quickly. Careful with pickpockets, I saw a man get robbed nearby. There is a lift to take you up, but if you can take the stairs, as it's a beautiful sight to see and great photo opportunity. There are plenty shops and restaurants nearby to also check out.

Catalina Hidalgo - 29 days ago

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