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“Fantastic if you make a day of it”

Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre
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Guided Tour of Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre
Ranked #12 of 1,599 things to do in Paris
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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 June 23, 2013

Our visit to Paris would not have been complete for us, had we not visited the Montmartre area and the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. I was so happy we did.

We approached by metro alighting at the Anvers stop, and walked through the mid section of Montmartre toward the base of Sacre Coeur. We rode the funicular to the top using one of our carnet of transport tickets and alighted at the main steps to the Cathedral.

Despite the thousands of visitors present, it was still quite easy to secure a place to admire the view of Paris from up high. Lots of tourist opportunities with food stalls and souvenir stalls if that's your desire. Also a lot of people looking for ways to remove money and valuables from you, so just be on your guard......

Entry to the Cathedral is free, and the line to approach was minimal despite the huge crowd present.

Once inside, the majesty of Sacre Coeur was revealed. Unfortunately some disrespectful visitors chose to continue loud discussion, eating and drinking and taking flash photography.. What's with this? The staff on duty did their best to stop this behaviour but it was a losing battle.

The stained glass windows and architecture inside is magnificent. So enjoyable. This really is a spectacle.

When we finished our visit, we took a detoured walk back down to Montmartre following the route suggested in this link http://www.aparisguide.com/montmartre/. It was an amazing way to wind down into the Montmartre village area, via backstreets and residential areas offering an insight to the Paris of old.

We ended up in the area around The Moulin Rouge to finish a fabulous day out.

I'd recommend it to anyone....just beware of your immediate surroundings.


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Reviewed June 23, 2013

This place has a great view of the city and it is free to walk through the church. I found the look of the interior and the sermon that was going on to be very spiritual so I sat and listened for a bit. It was in French so I didn't understand much but it was still peacful and a nice reflective moment. I bought a small candel for 2 E and lit if for my family and friends. When you are done there the nearby food and art is also a fun time.

1  Thank Cathy E
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This Basilica is in the heart of Montmartre. From there, you can see Paris from above. It's awesome, especially at dusk. You can take pictures inside the temple, but do not use the flash.
I took the metro and got off at Abbesses station. It's just a short walk and you'll enjoy mixing with the locals and the tourists as well. There are thousands of things to see. Montmartre itself is an attraction, with its streets full of artists (musicians, painters, and so on)

Regarding the church, all that i can say that is only second to Notre-Dame. Please take a look at my pictures, attached to this review.

2  Thank Nelson_Pirolo
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The church is stunning inside and out, and you're rewarded with some great views of Paris. We stayed in the area so got the benefit of talking a nice walk up the hill and past the little cafes etc.

Having said that, there was no lack of Africans harassing tourist on the stairs outside the church trying to sell them beer and water, and their stupid planes and souvenirs. I didn't notice any police presence when I was there, and you can tell!

1  Thank Elmo_Aus
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

A healthy walk or take the funicular railway with your Metro ticket, for a short walk to the basilica. The Sacre-Coeur is lovely, the crowds don't detract from ones enjoyment of the stained glass and architecture and it was surprisingly quiet inside for those who want to sit and pray.

The area is quite tatty with vendors trying to sell their wares and there was a distinct smell of urine, from the church down to Pigalle.

1  Thank kate b
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