Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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

4.5

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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Reviews

  • Shameek Robinson

    5
    - 19 July 2018 -

    Beautiful domed cathedral up the top of steps up one of Paris' tallest hills. Go early if you can; crowds jam it up midday, especially in the summer. Take the 2 metro, not the 14 - the steps from the 14 are murder. If you have a day pass or other unlimited, there is a funicular that will take you up some of the hill without paying additional fare. Views are awesome but you can't see the Eiffel tower from there.

  • Melissa Pearce

    5
    - 04 July 2018 -

    I travel with students during the summer, and this is one of my favorite places to take them in Paris. The cathedral is beautiful, and I recommend you step inside. There are other churches available for viewing as well. Around the backside there are artists, cafes, musicians... It's the Paris most folks imagine rather than the urine-smelling streets and metros in other areas. There is a carousel at the base of the hill. There's a significant number of steps up the hill, but there is also a little tram car that will take you to the top for just under 2€. Beautiful does and place.

  • GBM

    5
    - 04 July 2018 -

    It's off the main thoroughfare but worth the effort. A few flights of stairs to climb but the view is unique. The church itself is quite unique and the inside equally beautiful. You can even pray here, there are quiet spots. Beware of some of the touts on the outside offering strings in friendship only to ask you for money. Be on the alert and see other reviews hereunder about how they operate.

  • Robbi Bittle

    3
    - 30 June 2018 -

    While the sight was absolutely amazing, stunning even, the men 'selling' friendship bracelets at the entrance and foot of the stairs really put it as the worst experience I had in Paris. My mother in law had warned me about them. They grab your arm (sometimes trying to distract you by pointing out something else) and start tying the string to you....you can't get it off and if you walk away without paying they raise a ruckus. We watched them do this for a while and it's amazing that it's not being dealt with. They line up at the entrance and the foot of the stair in a line so you can't avoid them. When we were trying to get through them I said firmly "Don't touch me." resulting in them calling me some names in another language and even one hitting me. If we'd been able to see the police we would have reported it. The church is gorgeous, but be aware of these men, and if possible don't go alone.

  • sourov deb

    5
    - 28 June 2018 -

    Warnings FIRST. ------------------------- WATCH OUT FOR THE BRACELET SCAMMERS ! They are around the bottom of the stairs. DO NOT let them put a bracelet on you! They are a little aggressive. They will imply that it’s free and tie it on you and then expect money. I spent a good 30 minutes watching how many people got fooled. I myself had to dodge dip and dodge to not have that happen to me. Free to go in. Have fun! Breathtaking basilica! I visited on a Monday afternoon and it was wonderful. I would say one of the most impressive I have visited. Be prepared to see lots of crowds, but don't sorry about waiting too long in line to see inside as the line goes by quickly. Careful with pickpockets, I saw a man get robbed nearby. There is a lift to take you up, but if you can take the stairs, as it's a beautiful sight to see and great photo opportunity. There are plenty shops and restaurants nearby to also check out.

  • Candace Barger

    5
    - 27 June 2018 -

    Beautiful chapel. It sits up high on a hill. So high, you can take a tram to the top of you are unable to walk the stairs. The chapel itself is beautiful and bustling with people on the outside lawn. Lots of people picnicking and resting, some buskers and some peddlers. It is free to go in the chapel. Don’t miss it!

  • GBM

    5
    - 15 June 2018 -

    It's off the main thoroughfare but worth the effort. A few weeks stairs to climb but the view is unique. The church itself is quite different and the inside equally beautiful. You can even pray here. Beware of some of the touts on the outside offering strings in friendship only to ask you for money.

  • Mieta

    5
    - 12 June 2018 -

    You climb there for a view of Paris. Just sad that all the area full of dodgy people always asking for money. Keep your personal belongings safe. Lovely cafeterias and restaurants around to have a break. Small boutiques around as well. Take the stairs up and enjoy the views!

  • Amarbir Sandhu

    5
    - 06 June 2018 -

    If you're going to Paris, go here. Amazing little place, get drawn by an artist, buy or just look at beautiful art. It's gorgeous, the only hard part are the stairs getting up 😥 they are knackering! There is a cable car thingy but I've never used it, like the challenge. Also, there is a Dali museum at the top which is well worth a visit, it's fairly quiet with detailed information and some inspired art work.

  • Owen Morley

    5
    - 22 May 2018 -

    We came for the view and weren't disappointed! Amazing views like no other, there's few perspectives of Paris as amazing as from here. The building itself is beautiful and ornate, though not as stunning as other areas of Paris. We heard it was beautiful and weren't disappointed There are a significant amount of stairs, though there's a tram to get most of the way up which you can buy a ticket for. I'd highly recommend this tram if you're planning to spend your day adventuring around Paris. Having been once, I don't think we'd go back

  • Roy Ethan

    - 28 May 2018 -

    Scenic view of the city accompanied by beer-sellers and impromptu performances.

  • Priya Tungrus

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Pretty inside and out. It was hot so we took the funicular up.

  • Priya Tungrus

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Pretty inside and out. It was hot so we took the funicular up.

  • Kawika Terry

    - 17 May 2018 -

    Pack a picnic and find a place on the grass. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Evan Callahan

    - 13 May 2018 -

    Beautiful basilica atop a hill overlooking Paris. Go inside and possibly catch the nuns choir singing, then tour the neighborhood down the hill for great restaurant options.

  • Hanne Beck

    - 07 May 2018 -

    Wonderful view, nice cathedral and park in the beautiful Montmartre!

  • Tanja G

    - 05 May 2018 -

    Divno mesto

  • Renate Akermane

    - 01 May 2018 -

    Very good atmosphere. And beautiful sight over Paris.

  • Kristine Liv

    - 12 April 2018 -

    The Basilica is beautiful, but check out the church to the left - built in 11th century by nuns using stone from an ancient Roman temple that stood here before it.

  • Mayank Gupta

    - 07 April 2018 -

    A beautiful 360 degrees view of city of lights from top of this breathtaking beauty.

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