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: No

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 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating Sacre Coeur is a nice break from all of the Gothic architecture in the city. The outside is so beautiful and every angle offers a great view of the domes. The inside isn't as opulent as some of the other churches in Paris but it is worth a visit. There is also perpetual adoration in the church so when you visit make sure you are silent and respectful.

Michael Romero - 3 hours ago

4 Star Rating Amazing view of Paris, no sight of Eiffel Tower from here, but still great. The architecture and interior of the church is stunning and worth lining up to enter. It's also fun to climb up be staircase. There is a funicular if you have difficulty climbing. This is a typical popular European tourist spot, expect crowded with tourists, souvenir merchants, and scammers.

Kevin Shiah - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Still, beautiful, shining. One of the most beautiful buildings I have been in. One of those how the church might have seemed like a glimpse of peace and heaven for troubled times gone. The way the light glows is luminescent, the view over the hill and surrounding area so gorgeous, day, sunset and night. Thank you.

Natasha Younger - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of the best lookouts over the city of Paris! For 6€ you can climb 300 stairs up to the panoramic lookout and spend the day taking photographs and take in the sights. Quite busy with tourists, but an excellent way to spend an afternoon and get some exercise.

Owen Clayton - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This place is located on top of a small mountain from where one can enjoy a wonderful view of Paris as a whole. It is one of the best places around Paris to get clicked. According to me one should walk to this place from the metro station side and take the exit from the front. On top you also must spend some time enjoying the view of Paris. Highly recommended.

saikat mukherjee - 1 month ago

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