Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

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Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
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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
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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.
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JCKMom
Johns Creek, GA32 contributions
Feb 2022
Around 6:30 PM on a Monday night, we decided to visit as a last minute excursion, since we couldn't get here during the day. The taxi driver said the place was closed, but when we arrived, the guard was letting people inside. What a pleasant surprise to see that we arrived during an evening mass. The acoustics inside with the priest conducting mass were indescribable. You must go inside to experience the beauty and the evening mass made it more special. Inside, you can also buy and light prayer candles. Outside, the place glows and you get spectacular views of the city all lighted up. You can buy locks from vendors to place on the rails at the top of steps. A definite favorite of our trip since we caught the evening mass. No taxis at night so make sure you know how to get to back. We did get one but had to wait a bit until one showed up at the bottom of the stairs.
Written February 7, 2022
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Barry A
Colchester, UK1,115 contributions
Nov 2021
This is one of those attractions that you must visit when in Paris. Situated in the Montemart area where there are nice artisan shops and restaurants and a market so something to keep you busy for a good part of the day. Once you have either negotiated the steep steps or travelled up the funicular (which we didn't see until we got to the top of those steps..Doh!) entrance is free to the main building where there are great statues, stained glass etc but there is a fee to go up to the dome (we didn't go up as it was quite foggy and we guessed that the view would be limited so not sure if worth the fee).
Written December 1, 2021
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TomNak
Denver, CO268 contributions
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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Allan S
2 contributions
Feb 2022
This was a pretty awesome choice. If you want to get some amazing views (and photos) of the city, head here and pay the 7 euros to go up to the dome. Fair warning, though, there are no elevators and you're going to be hiking up 300 steps. That's like 30 flights of stairs. It's not for the faint of heart... or those who skip leg day, but the view is absolutely stunning and you also get an interesting view of the parts of the basilica that you wouldn't otherwise see.
Written February 11, 2022
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jaredites1
Cairo, Egypt229 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Best to visit early in morning or late in evening for spectacular views of Paris. Here is some advice:
1) Arrive via Pigalle Metro stop, then walk the windy stairs up to Montamarte.
2) Montamarte is an amazing area with windy streets, cafes, flowers, and amazing views.
Walk the area over and over. Drink, talk, and be merry.
3) The Basilica is gorgeous
4) Unless having mobility issues, no need to take the furnicular.
5) The artist expo area is a showcase of great inspiring Parisian artists

Yes, the area is packed with tourists, and yes the area is incredible.
Written May 7, 2022
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Chris on tour
Ross-on-Wye, UK555 contributions
Mar 2022
Well worth the time to visit. Great views of Paris, the whole area is a plethora of history. Walk up the left side of the railway to see the lycra clad posers (who obviously couldn't get up earlier and avoid the crowds) running up and down .
Written March 23, 2022
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Tim Kukula
Minneapolis, MN15 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
A Paris landmark worth visiting. You’ve seen this from a distance, why not enjoy it up close and take in Paris from here?

We loved the walk (hike) up, taking advantage of the good exercise after a lovely dinner nearby. There’s also a funicular if you don’t want to make the steep trek on foot.
It was Friday evening, an hour or so before sunset, the place was a little crowded, lively. Lots of people apparently awaiting sunset. Several people offering bottled cold Heineken for sale. Each section of the staircase had a street performer playing live music for tips. The place was vibrant with sights and sounds worthy of both a date night or tourist destination.

Expansive views of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower off in the distance. Pack a picnic or some drinks and plan to stay a while, making use of the giant staircases for sitting or lounging.
If you’re a dog lover, there’s also a dog park in the immediate area where you can watch some four-legged friends frolic and play.

Don’t miss out!
Written May 8, 2022
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Haggis170
Oslo, Norway352 contributions
Dec 2019
A really great view but very crowded. The church was open for everyone - jubileum - and after a few minutes in que (security check) you could enter the church. Be aware of the people outside the church trying to "give" you a bracelet. Its a scam and if he gets it on your wrist you must pay a lot or there will trouble.
Written January 2, 2020
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Simondos1707
Kenilworth, UK134 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
A must see view of Paris. It’s one of those iconic sites in the city and so worth the hour to do it. Set in Montmarte a lovely varied part of the city. The views of the city and setting in the clear winters day that we were there are breathtaking. Quick tip take the funicular railway up and meander down the narrow street down to discover all kinds of bars and restaurants
Written February 27, 2022
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Luisguiper
Bogota, Colombia1,016 contributions
Jun 2019
Many people visiting the place the day I was there. Access is free of charge, and a line for security check has to be followed for access. Despite the amount of visitors, the access was rather fast. Due to the crowd, visitors have to follow a one way path around seats; that is, main hall and seats are limited to those attending the Mass. Anyway, the temple can be admired well from the pathway intended for visitors. The outside view of the Basilica is already impressive. Its consecration took place early in the 20th century when it received the title of Basilica. It was built in a Romano-Byzantine style. Inside it is even greater with its religious artwork: frescoes on the walls and ceiling, paintings, statues, altars, pipe organ (dated 1898) and other articles. The apse mosaic named Christ in Glory is very nice, and the stained glass windows are magnificent, too. Two shops of religious articles are found on site.
Towers tour: Access fee E$7. It was a fast, short line to follow and buy the ticket. It seemed few people out of the many who visited the temple that actually decided to go to the tower. They advise it is a 300 steps ascent. The stairway is narrow and exhausting, of course, but achievable with patience. The prize is at the top with not just the Basilica architecture observed at that level, but also for the wonderful 360 degrees views of the city. The halls at the tower are too narrow, but that does not avoid finding a good spot for a panorama view and the corresponding photo shoot. I liked this tour to the “tours des Sacre-Coeur”.
Written April 25, 2020
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