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 A must go in Paris! Take you time to walk upstairs, and turn around frequently... You will discover a different view each time. Once inside, avoid the noisy crowds of tourists, just take a seat and observe in silence the place. It's a peaceful experience (no matter your religious belief)

María Carolina Berríos - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating One of the must see sights in Paris. If you don't fancy all the steps, take the funicular railway up so much easier. Brilliant views and wonderful architecture. Plenty of space for walking or having a picnic as well, lovely spot to spend a couple of hours.

Jim Ball - 29 days ago

3 Star Rating The church itself and the area at the top with the markets is beautiful and a really is a must visit. You get a spectacular view of Paris from the top. The steps and winding paths in the front grounds are stunning, but unfortunately are absolutely ruined by the people that hang around there. Large groups of horrible characters stop tourists and search their pockets in broad daylight. Don't stop or accept anything from anyone here. There needs to be more security here to stop this from happening.

Kris Jacyna - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating Awesome. My 6 year old wanted to sit and stare at the ceiling for days. There are many of sales people around the outside but just be stern with them. I told them to get away from my son. They backed off. My son didn't like them. Beware of your surroundings as well. Lots of police around Annvers station. Enjoy this beautiful place and walk to the top!

David Stone - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of our favorite sites. We went at sunset. We toured inside quickly b/c we wanted to be at the top for sunset pictures. It was one of the best pictures. Afterwards we followed Rick Steve's suggestion and found the stairs that lead to really great small cafes. The stairs are to the right about half way down if you are looking at the church. We had amazing food and a couple showed up and she played the violin while he twirled fire. It was one of those perfect random nights we'll always remember.

Stephanie Valeri - 2 months ago

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