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 much lighter and brighter energy and atmosphere than the Notre Dame Cathedral. Beautiful architecture and a must see place to visit. Translated the "Sacred Heart" of Jesus Christ.

Alesha Teitzel - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful church that stands on top of a hill and offers a great view of Paris. You can see the church from the Eiffel Tower and vice versa. If you can, try to climb the tower for even better views. Fairly easy to get to with the Paris Metro. You have 2 options for which stations to get off at: Abbesses (closer) or Anvers (more scenic but not much further). You can take the funicular railway up or the steps next to the funicular. These steps didn't have anyone hassling us to purchase souvenirs. Unfortunately, the steps in front of the church do.

Michael Sidrak - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating You can walk or take a funicular railway up to the hill. It is a beautiful white church that stands upon the hill that over look the city. It is full of tourists and sellers. You might need to find a good place to take photos before it get too crowded. There are some chairs on the nice grounds to enjoy the view.

Mandy Phan - 8 days ago

4 Star Rating The cathedral is gorgeous inside and out. Very beautiful architecture. I do find it curious that there is a gift shop filled with knick knacks inside of a place of worship. Kinda seems out of place.

Jacob Schmidt - 15 days ago

4 Star Rating The church is beautiful and it stands on a hill overlooking the city so the view is fantastic. You can get the funicular up the hill if you don't fancy the walk. We were hassled on the steps by people trying to sell things which is a nuisance but not unique to this part of Paris or indeed anywhere, and the best thing to do is ignore them. There is a little train which stops outside the church and although it looks like it's for kids we recommend it. It's a great way to see the Montmartre area and costs only 6 euros.

Alison Newman - 1 month ago

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