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“Beware the "string men"”

Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

We visited Sacre Coeur on a beautiful Sunday in Paris. It was full of tourists and people lazing on the slopes in the warm sun.
Unfortunately the entrances are blocked by gangs of young African men who accost tourists by tieing a string bracelet around their wrists and braiding these whilst distracting the victims and in some cases pulling them away from the main path. Once the string is tied they can demand up to 50 euros under threat of trouble and they prey on the most unsuspecting.
We watched this activity from a nearby cafe - the owners of which kindly warned us before we left. The police on bicycles swept in and detained one of the gang while the others simply moved to another area - making fools of the police, who soon disappeared.
The church itself is wonderful and well worth a visit, but to blatantly allow thieves and scammers to ply their trade on so called 'holy ground' is a shame and a disgrace.

5  Thank JemBrisbane
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Outside is beautiful, inside is good, but it is the 360 view from the top which makes this a must-do.

Be warned, the stairs from the crypt up to the dome seem never ending...do not undertake this if you are in anyway unfit or have vertigo...but once you get there, the views a quite amazing.

Thank David-John H
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This is my 4th visit to the most beautiful part of paris.

It was work related,we arrived in Monmartre by limosine.

This is a very romantic part of paris,little cobbled streets with artists doing their thing.

Lots of lovely little coffee shops to sit a watch the world go by.

Plenty of souvenir shops+ places to pick up paintings ans sketches.

The cathedral of sacre coeur is stunning with amazing views over Paris.

Everyone should visit this area if going to Paris.It is without doubt the most beautiful and romantic part and everything you expect from Paris.

Thank fryfamilySurrey
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

Montmartre around Sacre Coeur is quite pretty and artistic and l would stay or see Montmartre for any other reason than Sacre Coeur. The 300 step to climb to the top is worth it and free for Children.

1  Thank Mel M
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Reviewed October 5, 2012

Worth the walk to the top, great views of the City; Stunning architecture and a sense of peace within despite the many visitors, light a candle remember a loved one; Great spot for romantic photo's. Look for the hidden treasures, the doors and the carvings and stonework; At the bottom of the many steps take a turn to the right with the Sacre Coeur behind you and you will find a mini manikin pis, bit like the one in Belgium; be savvy of the many pick pockets in the crowded shops and route to the top; esp be careful if you are drawn to the street buskers in that area but hey it is a City and thieves operate in such places; Sacre-Coeur also provided lovely location for some shots in the Film Amelie,... enjoy

1  Thank Linda P
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