Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
4.5
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 8:00 PM
About
This Montmartre landmark, a 19th-century basilica built by the French government following the Franco-Prussian War, features a large medieval dome that provides excellent views of the city.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: 18th Arrondissement
How to get there
  • Abbesses • 6 min walk
  • Anvers • 6 min walk
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  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty but scammy
    Beautiful views and great photo opportunities, the Basilique and Montmarte were very pretty and interesting. Although, this place is filled with scammers and people looking to make a quick buck off of tourists, me and my friend even got followed by one. However they leave you alone if you don't interact or engage.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 28, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly beautiful basilica with breathtaking views
    This is an absolutely beautiful basilica which should not be missed on a trip to Paris! It's instantly recognisable for its white domes and is just as beautful close up as it is from a distance. By a happy coincidence we happened to step inside just as Mass was starting, and on a holy day of obligation too, it was lovely to take part in the Mass. But even if you are not Catholic, it's a beautiful, peaceful and spiritual place to walk around and take in the beauty. it's free to go inside but you can pay 7 Euros to go up in the dome if you like. Warning, this is almost 300 steps, mostly in a spiral, some of which are pretty steep, so don't attempt to tackle this if you're not at least reasonably fit or if you haven't got sensible shoes on. The view from the top was worth the climb.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 4, 2023
  • 4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive building
    It is a very impressive building and the queue to get in although long moves quickly (they check your bags). There's lots to see inside and a suitably reverent atmosphere is maintained, with large sections reserved for prayer only. The only slightly unpleasant thing is the hawkers on the steps on the way up - they can be quite aggressive.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 6, 2023
  • Lorraine T
    Quadring, United Kingdom
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go early!
    We arrived early and there was no queue. Be prepared for a lot of steps! (We used the funicular which was included on our Metro ticket). Also, Abesses - the tube station, is the deepest on the Metro and, if you use the stairs, (as we did), you'll need a lot of puff!! Lovely views from Sacre Coeur and some beautiful stain glass within. Montmartre and Pigalle are interesting to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • THINGS2LIVE4
    Rocky River, Ohio
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My favorite thing in Paris
    This is a working Roman Catholic Church that you can attend a mass at. Simply, it is the huge church on top of the hill in the Montmartre neighborhood. There was always free street singers/entertainers in front of the church.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 15, 2023
  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see in Paris!
    The view of Paris is absolutely breathtaking. There is usually a good crowd but the energy is positive and laid back and people are well mannered. It is also a very spiritual place and have visited all three times we have been in Paris. It is absolutely worth the walk of the hill!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • nctraveler315
    Winston Salem, North Carolina
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go Early
    Amazing views of Paris! The mosaics inside are beautiful. This is a must see in Paris but every review will tell you that. It is also known as being one of the most crowded sites in Paris. We arrived early (before 9 am) and there was no line to get in, I was able to take pictures without crowds of people. Inside there were some people but it was not at all crowded. By the time we left around 9:45, there was a line to get in. We were also told that Fridays are very busy due to services, so avoid Fridays.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Happy Traveller
    Sydney, Australia
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Another visit to this place. The ceiling and other interior features are stunning. It’s warm in there though. But absolutely worth a visit. Great views kind of blocked by the hoards of people and buskers and people selling rubbish stuff.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Ken G
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great building and architecture
    Wonderful paintings on the ceiling and the architecture is amazing. The domed roof has to be seen from the inside. The miniature model of the sacre coeur is great and it lights up as well. Worth the visit if you like looking at historic buildings and it’s free too!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Elizabeth
    Kansas City, Kansas
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful church with great views of Paris!
    We visited on a Wednesday at 3:00pm. It was very busy like we expected given it was a pretty sunny day and a popular attraction. It’s a beautiful Catholic Church, construction began in 1875, completed in 1914. We waited in line about 20 min to go through security to get in. The inside is beautiful and free to see. To get to the dome, you need to go back outside, and down the steps on the left side of the church. 7 euros per person, purchased tickets on site, only a few people in front of us so waited just a few minutes. 300 stairs to the top (no lift). A tight fit in many places and not good if you get claustrophobic, but once up the views are amazing. We spent about 1.5 hours there. Also there were people selling ice cold bottled water/soda around the outside of the church (1 euro/water, 2euro/soda, cash only). Taxis available at the foot of the outdoor steps. It was definitely worth seeing!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 2, 2023
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Steigerwald.Marcello
Offenbach, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Located at the top of Montmartre, the view over Paris is overwhelming. The entry queues can get quite long but the security check goes quickly and the inside of Basilica is definitely worth it. The colourful fresco on the iside of the dome was my personal highlight and to me is one of the most beautiful I‘ve seen.
Written January 3, 2020
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AnnMayTravelling
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I was very impressed by this magnificent basilica. It was on my “must visit list” for Paris and I was not disappointed. They had people queue up in front to not have too many people in the building, but the queue moved pretty quickly and therefore was no bother. Inside I enjoyed the artwork and the wonderful interior very much. I would always come back.
Written June 7, 2020
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
This place was highly recommended to visit in Paris
After climbing a staircase to get to the top of the hill, or go by cable car if you prefer, the church building is magnificent. Inside, is peaceful, lovely to walk round, small candle offerings are €2.
On this occasion, all the English information leaflets had all gone, proving it to be a very popular tourist sight. I didn’t go up to the panoramic dome, but I did visit the crypt.
Which has pictures, film and scripture depicting the life of Jesus.
Although unable to read the French language the place was extremely peaceful and beautifully laid out. Took a little video of it.
I had a look for reviews on the dome, and found warnings of African men selling bracelets and pickpockets.
I am glad of these warnings.
As I walked down the steps towards the street, these men were around and tried to engage conversation (where are you from or Madam? Etc)
I kept my hands in my pockets, kept my head down, and said No, as blunt as I can, and I’m not talking to you.
This seems to work.
A little scary but reading the previous reviews were incredibly helpful.
The view from the top of the hill is pretty good too
Written February 5, 2020
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KiwiKerry53
Wellington, New Zealand
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
No entrance fee to enter this beautiful church, although a fee is charged for the dome and crypt, neither of which was open when we visited.
Unlike my last visit when we climbed up the steps, we were much wiser this trip and used the funicular to take us to the top and did the walk down. In the heart of Montmarte, the Basilica is surely a big draw card. The interior is stunning, the views over Paris amazing and the area exudes vibrancy and beauty.
Written February 23, 2020
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Donald D
Kollam, India
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Build during the end of the 18th century and consecrated in 1919, this Cathedral is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris. The Cathedral is on top of the highest point and the view of the city from the top is amazing. There is a tram like lift that takes you to the top for a fee or otherwise you will need to trod up the numerous steps. The Cathedral is marvelous, the altar and the paintings are beautiful.
Written March 17, 2020
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charbias
Mbombela, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The paintings on the ceiling are amazing - one needs time to stand or sit and really look at them as there is so much detail. It's very touristy inside, in that there is a shop and places to buy a coin with the image of the church - but fortunately it was not too crowded as we went up early evening. The stairs to the top are fairly steep and you need to be relatively mobile to climb them, but if taken slowly and stopping to admire the views and the people along the way, it's not too bad. Otherwise, there are buses that you can catch.
Written January 8, 2020
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It's good to go early if you're planning to visit Sacre-Coeur. There are throngs of tourists and it can be a bit difficult to move around if you have kids using strollers. We weren't able to enter in but managed to take some lovely snaps of the cathedral's exterior and of the beautiful view of the city of Paris.

You can walk down the steps towards Montmare and there's a lovely carousel at the bottom that you can ride on as well as a little playground for small kids. Lovely place for sight-seeing and photos!
Written January 11, 2020
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mlbpafan
Loveland, CO
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is just an amazing Basilica on the hill in the North part of Paris. Take the metro to the Anvers stop, a short walk and some steps or funicular ride gets you there. If you have a metro pass, the funicular is free. The Basilica is free to enter, but the dome (300 steps and tight stairs) will cost you €6,00. The exterior is stunning. There are several ways to walk up to the Basilica and all are great views. Don't forget to turn around once you get to the top for amazing views of the city! The interior has an interesting design with the dome actually in the front instead of over the alter. There are also amazing statues and stained glass. The alter is also very nice and decorated. The mosaics they have inside are also breathtaking and worth a second look. Definitely worth a visit!
Written February 11, 2020
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beachlizard0
Miami, FL
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The crowds touring Sacre-Coeur (no charge) were enormous compared to when I visited 10 years ago. I can only imagine it's in part due to Notre Dame being closed for longtime renovations. But the cathedral is beautiful, and being set on the highest point in all of Paris, the views of the city are stunning. People congregate on the stairwells just to take it all in. Although ti was very crowded, the line into the cathedral moved quite well, and taxi service was readily available.One disappointment was that the very few restaurants nearby were closed (presumably due to the Dec. holidays), so having a lunch in walking distance while in the area wasn't an option.
Written January 1, 2020
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TomNak
Denver, CO
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Sacre-Coeur has some of the best views of Paris. But to get the full effect you have to follow some signs down below ground level to a little basement area that is the entrance to a world of pain, but rewards you with amazing, fantastic views.

You'll have to pay something like 8 euros for the privilege of blowing out your legs on 890 stairs or something that you'll need to climb to get to the observation area of the dome. These are narrow, sometimes spiral, sometimes on the roof, stone stairs with not many places to rest. There are nice little signs along the way with encouraging messages like "only 600 billion more steps to go!" I'll emphasize this is a single person staircase so there is no turning back on a crowded day. Even if you're fit it is quite a workout and it will put some wear and tear on leg muscles you'll need for exploring the hundred other places in Paris. Don't say I didn't warn you.

Your reward will be absolutely spectacular 360 views of the city. This is your only reward so don't go on a rainy or limited visibility day. 5 out of 5 for tricky entrances and grueling climb. Nice work in torturing tourists and making them pay for it too, France.

Written July 25, 2021
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