At the top of Montmartre hill, the white Sacre Coeur competes with the Eiffel Tower as the most visible Paris monument.
The Sacre Coeur is one of the best known and the second most visited Paris monument (10 million visitors each year).
It is the flagship sight of Montmartre, a lovely and hilly Paris district. The Sacre Coeur is a holy place and a place of devotion to the Holy Virgin, animated 24 hours a day by the Benedictines du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre (web site).
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The animated staircases (picture) in front of Sacre Coeur provide one of the best views of Paris (picture). Walk up 300 steps to the top of Sacre Coeur cupola to enjoy the best 360° view of Paris (ticket price: 6 euros).
Book your hotel near Sacre Coeur, a lovely area for your Paris stay. The visit of Sacre Coeur will be easy.
Length: 35 meters. Width: 85 meters. Height: 83 meters. The Basilica is made of travertine stone quarried in the region.
Paris metro: Abbesses station on line 12. Be prepared for a short and nice walk up Montmartre hill and stairs.
Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
Locate Sacre Coeur Basilica on Montmartre map.
Sacre Coeur opening hours: open for sightseeing and prayer every day from 6am to 10.30pm. Only persons registered for night adoration may remain after 11pm.
Sacre Coeur web site
The Sacre Coeur was the result of a national vow by the Catholic Church in the aftermath of the tragic events of the 1870 Paris uprising, La Commune (picture).
Entirely paid for by private donations, the Sacre Coeur Basilica was built between 1875 and 1914, amidst intense controversy with secularists and radicals.
Paul Abadie (picture) designed the Sacre Coeur in Romano-Byzantine style. Five architects continued his work after his death in 1885 until completion in 1914.
Although a flagship Paris landmark, the Sacre Coeur was never painted by the most illustrious painters who lived in Montmartre, such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Renoir. It was nevertheless painted many times by famous painters.
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