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

  • 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

  • Michael Ciurea

    5
    - 20 May 2018 -

    The views of the city from the steps to this church are incredible. Be forewarned, you can’t see the Eiffel tour, but it’s still pretty nice. The church itself is stunning both inside and out. A massive mosaic covers the interior of the dome and catches the eye of everyone walking through. Take some time to sit and take in all it has to offer.

  • Richard Anthony Lee

    5
    - 10 May 2018 -

    Possibly the best view of Paris, a must if you want to take some great pictures overlooking this wonderful city. Another great location for a packed lunch filled with Parisian goodies. The grass slopes between the steps are a perfect spot to sit and take in the views. Also a trip up the dome at the top is well worth the €6 and it's only 300 steps.

  • Vivek Ranjan

    5
    - 19 April 2018 -

    This is yet another church with historic value . I must say it’s worth the climb. Better yet, take the funicular up the hill and save your legs. Normally, the funicular costs 6 euros each way. With a Paris Metro Navigo pass, it's free. Entry is free inside. The rich architecture and the efforts taken by recent artists to reconstruct is amazing. You can feel the Parisian atmosphere and enjoy awesome views over the city. You can feel the history surrounding you.

  • Nocenti

    4
    - 03 April 2018 -

    Amazing views from the top of the steps, well worth visiting! As others have said, we experienced the most aggressive approaches to selling goods here. We spotted the common tactic of placing a bracelet on someone's wrist and demanding that they then pay for it, but when a man grabbed my fiance's left hand and refused to loosen his grip for some time, it was clear he was trying to get his engagement ring. Like anywhere, be vigilant and keep your hands protected - in pockets or folded arms has worked well for us. Alternatively, get the very cheap funicular to the top to avoid this issue

  • Catalina Hidalgo

    5
    - 27 March 2018 -

    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.

  • Owen Tang

    5
    - 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

    4
    - 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

    4
    - 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

    4
    - 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.

  • 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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