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 4.5 out of 5

5 Star Rating A must-see in Paris. Lived in Paris as a foreigner for a year and a half and visited as much as I could in the city. I still rank Sacre Coeur as probably one of the best sights to visit. Superb views of Paris, the basilica itself is stunning and the surrounding roads leading up the hill are picturesque. The only downside is that the metro stops that best serve this attraction are in a chaotic area. Still, 5 stars in my opinion.

Daniel Owens - 18 hours 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 day ago

2 Star Rating The church and the place are amazing but Paris police is a total disaster. Maybe is the most unsafe place in town. If you see a group of 6 or 8 black guys at the begining of stairs, get another street. They are waiting for the next tourist to froud. Some of them become aggressive. Paris Police is a total disaster.

G lock - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Wonderful location which can see panoramic of Paris. Nice to go in sunny day. Also one of the iconic place for travel. This area is more about love. Romantic :))

Markkung Journey - 8 days ago

3 Star Rating Beautiful inside, but the view of Paris from the top is the must see here. Nice place to sit and watch people. Subtracted a star for the very aggressive people there trying to sell you stuff, even grabbing my arm after repeatedly saying no to a religious bracelet.

Jason Komoski - 21 days ago

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