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The Basilica De Sacre-Coeur, Monmatre, Paris, France

France: Paris – Sacré-Cœur & the Monmartre

Set high on hill Sacre Coeur is one of the most visible and famous landmarks in Paris.

The Sacré-Coeur, consecrated in 1919, is one of the most iconic monuments in Paris. At the top of the Butte Montmarte, it has one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the capital, from 130 metres above ground. In a Roman-Byzantine style, the Sacré Coeur is recognizable by its white colour. Inside the building, the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France measuring about 480 m². The crypt is also worth a visit. And to go even higher up, visitors can access the dome where the 360° view of Paris is magnificent.
There are plenty of ways to get to the Basilica de  Sacré-Coeur. You will arrive at the bottom of some pretty steep steps, which you can choose to climb, or if you don’t fill like the climb you can use the funicular to get to the top. The views are worth it! In my opinion the best time to go is early evening or even after dark.
View from the concourse outside the Basilica de Sacré-Coeur
Inside the Basilica de View from the concourse outside the Basilica de Sacré-Coeur


A short walk from the Sacré Coeur is the Place du Tertre. Here you will find restaurant terraces and easels belonging to the 298 artists who share 140 spaces, some of whom will paint your portrait for a few euros. Place du Tertre artists remind us of the heroic time when Montmartre was setting the trend of modern art. Penniless artists, including Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, lived in Montmartre in the late 19th / early 20th centuries. Their memory is kept in the charming Montmartre Museum.

Beyond the Place du Tertre is the district of Abbesses with its steep, winding roads, and at the bottom of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret.

Rue de l'Abreuvoir
Looking down the steep hills from the top of the Montmatre Hill
A cute reminder of the Folies Bergère
A windmill to remind you that the Montmartre used to be a separate village from the city of Paris
Some say the Rue des Abbesses is the best street in Paris - It has plenty of great restaurants
The Moulin Rouge is reminder of Montmartre's more salacious side

Planning your visit to the  Basilica de Sacré-Coeur

Getting there
By Metro: 
Jules Joffrin (M° 12) + Montmartrobus (Place du Tertre stop)
Pigalle (M° 12, M° 2) + Montmartrobus (Norvins stop)
Anvers (M° 2) + Funicular (one metro ticket) or
Abbesses stairs (M ° 12) + Funicular (one metro ticket) or stairs

By bus:

30 – 31 – 80 – 85 (arrival at the foot of the hill)

Small tourist train Promotrain: 131 rue de Clignancourt 75018 PARIS

Address:1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris,
Telephone:T: +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14

The opening hours of the basilica are from 6:30 a.m. to 10:45 p.m. For mass, hours check here.



Best time to visit Paris

You’ll experience crowds from May to September, but encounter the most people in July (followed closely by June and August). We’d recommend visiting between October and April if your main objective is to avoid crowds. For the warmest temperatures, October and April are the best times to visit Paris sans crowds.

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