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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  • Lenny Silencio

    4
    - 07 September 2018 -

    Good views of the Paris. Come during the sunset. Negatives: beer sellers trying to unload cold beer even if you said once, they will approach again. Walks to Montmartre are good. Sometimes there is a live music. Definitely place to visit. Very romantic. Be ready to climb the hill though:)

  • Jarrod Hunt

    5
    - 06 September 2018 -

    One of the best view of the city, and very peaceful and quiet too. I would highly recommend viewing from the dome, though a word of warning it is a bit of a mission to get up there. There are hundreds of steps through narrow spires, on rooftops and in the domes. Well worth the effort though, and well worth the admission price of €6.

  • Harshita Saxena

    4
    - 22 August 2018 -

    You have an amazing view of the city from here. Church is beautiful in its own way. You can sit and chill here but be safe from pickpocketing. You can reach by metro and then walk up the stairs. We went in March and it was chilling in that time. The day we went was snowing. We could see the complete city covered with fog. People singing carols outside the church were adding to the experience.

  • Baron Carson

    5
    - 20 August 2018 -

    This church is a standout spot on the top of Paris. Not only is it beautiful on the inside it’s got an awesome view of Paris from the dome. If you pay the few euros to walk to the top you will not be disappointed. The trek is difficult and exhausting. If you have issues with stairs or closed in places then just enjoy the views from the ground. I could sit up top all day and watch the city.

  • Wadih Antoun

    5
    - 08 August 2018 -

    It's deserving to be one of the main attractions in Paris. The cathedral is extremely detailed and every angle is beautiful to look at. The Dome tour is nice but not justified if you're short on time. You can soak up the view just fine from in-front of the cathedral. Be sure to take a whole pass around it though to really enjoy all the angles.

  • 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.

  • 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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