Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

35 Rue du Chevalier-De-La-Barre, Paris

(25 727)

The Sacred Heart Basilica is a landmark of Paris. It dominates the city’s skyline. In addition to its dominating position atop the hill of Montmartre, the building is recognizable by its huge dome and the bell tower. The white color is still another distinction of this popular tourist attraction.

The Sacred Heart Basilica is a Roman-Byzantine structure. In front of it you can see equestrian statues of Jean d’Arc and King Louis IX. While the basilica’s tower houses the largest bell in entire France, you can see the largest ceiling mosaic in the country inside the structure. You can also visit the crypt and access the dome for magnificent, unobstructed 360° views over the French capital.

To reach the Sacred Heart Basilica, you need to climb a monumental staircase, which leads from the base of the hill to the structure. If you prefer, take a nearby funicular.

The basilica is a short walk away from other famous attractions of the Montmartre. The Place du Tertre is around the corner, while the Moulin Rouge is somewhat farther. You can access the hill and church by a short ride from the city center.

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Open Hours

  • Mon

    06:00 - 22:30

  • Tue

    06:00 - 22:30

  • Wed

    06:00 - 22:30

  • Thu

    06:00 - 22:30

  • Fri

    06:00 - 22:30

  • Sat

    06:00 - 22:30

  • Sun

    06:00 - 22:30

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  • Owen Tang

    - 05 March 2018 -

    One of the best views in Paris. At the top, this cathedral watches over all of Paris so you get a commanding view as well as pictures of all of Paris. A very popular spot so the best time to go is usually during the early morning to get a great sunrise picture. Located at the top of a hill, you can take either a lift or walk up the flights of stairs.

  • Harrison Armstrong

    - 24 February 2018 -

    We went here at night and it was stunning! The Bassillica is so impressive at night as it's lit up and looks like a shining beacon above Paris. There is a tram that can take you from the bottom to the top if you don't fancy the walk, cost is the same as one metro ticket, which you can buy 10 for about 13 euros. Views of Paris from the top and stunning in either day or night, a must see.

  • Antony Nithesh

    - 23 February 2018 -

    Amazing view of the city from top of the hill. Unlike other high vantage point places, here, you can sit on the stairs, relax and chat. A good place to visit even if the church is closed. Be careful of you belongings and con artists - particularly at the foot of the stairs.

  • Deepak Jaisingh

    - 16 February 2018 -

    It was a wonderful experience being there. The visited the church. It was quite peaceful to be there. The architecture was good. They have cable way trolley to go up to the first level. There is car park here and good place to get the view of Paris from here. There is small train here on wheels running on road to go upto the entrance of Church.

  • Shirin Eghtesadi

    - 12 February 2018 -

    This place is amazing. Magical! It's an amalgamation of art, history, architecture, and local life happening. You can be sure to take in great views of the city (it's the highest point in Paris), see beautiful art galleries, cute little cafes, and maybe even get your portrait drawn by the amazing local artists. You can't also visit Salvador dali's house which is now a museum and will be one of the best museums you'll ever see!

  • Dana Ahdab

    - 01 February 2018 -

    I began to really appreciate it after seeing a beautifully constructed model of the building inside the basilica. It showed details of the exterior architecture that you wouldn't be able to see just from walking around it. Visiting during the day was wonderful because you could see the Paris skyline, and the nice thing about coming here in winter is that it's not overcrowded with tourists. I don't recommend coming to Montmartre on a rainy or cloudy day. It could get chilly fast.

  • Jørgen Rygh

    - 25 January 2018 -

    Beautiful church. Both from a distance where it sits on the top of the world. Also provides great views of the city from the top. Note there are a lot of VERY aggressive bracelet scammers blocking the main stairs. To avoid these take one of the other stairs a bit to the side or ride the funicular for one metro ticket.

  • Ing. Elizabeth C. Garcia

    - 17 January 2018 -

    This is one of my favorite places in Paris, first of all because of the view. It's amazing and breathtaking. Then you get the church is do beautiful and peaceful. I like sitting there and enjoy the moment. To everyone going to Paris, you should spend a moment here and enjoy that view.

  • Wee Kiat Lau

    - 28 December 2017 -

    Fantastic view of Paris and the skyline. The church is great, not as impressive as Notre Dame but the site makes up for it. Not really a problem climbing the steps, but if it is too challenging for you, you can ride the funicular. Beware of shady people hanging out at the sides of this place, selling you good or something illicit. Keep your belongings close to you and just ignore them. Overall a very crowded place even during Winter. Many tourists wanting to snap a picture of themselves and the skyline. I recommend going up the dome of the church if you are fit enough. It costs only €6. You'll ascend clockwise, then anticlockwise up the dome. Prepare to feel a little giddy from the spiral stairs up. Going down is the opposite direction. No lifts for the dome, but it is worth the fantastic view if the weather is clear.

  • Shirin Eghtesadi

    - 26 December 2017 -

    This place is amazing. Magical! It's an amalgamation of art, history, architecture, asked local life happening. You can be sure to take is great views of the city (it's the highest point in Paris), see beautiful at galleries, cute little cafes, and maybe even get your portrait drawn by the amazing local artists. You can't also visit Salvador dali's house which is now a museum and will be one of the best museums you'll ever see!

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