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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 July 22, 2013

Marvelous is the word for the beautiful Sacre Coeur. We visited it for Sunday morning mass. What an experience to be part of the prayer ceremony in this beautiful place. A few things
- Keep an eye on the domes, each stands with a beautiful painting, the main dome with Jesus is simply mesmerizing.
- Would suggest visiting the top of the dome and tower first (A good exercise post which you can sit and enjoy the peace of the church) The fee is 8 euros for visiting both, else 6 euros for Dome. (Mind it, 300 and 450 spiral steps, leading to a place on equivalent ht as Eiffel Tower)
- Sovenier shop has very good collection.
- The elevator's are not so useful, best is taking steps (not many, should be around 100)
- Lot of eatery options around. Also they have lot of live programmes.
- The place was full of people so it's better to be alert and conscious.
- On the other side there is Painting streets where you can have your charcoal painting done, but it takes about 3-4 hours so best to come with lot of time at hand.

1  Thank Priyanka B
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Ok so the view is nice day or night
It is always busy with tourists up to the base from the metro station, then up the stairs then on the platforms under the church.
If going at sunset be prepared for it to be busy

What you really have to watch out for is the scammers, thefts and robbers
we saw all of the following including 4 man running away with peoples bags

BEWARE OF THE FOLLOWING (here and all over Paris tourist areas)

STRING MAN; man who grab (yes grab) your arms and start tying a string bracelet around your wrist. They then do not let you go until you pay them up to 10EUR+. Hold your arms to your chest and don't let them touch you.

LADIES WITH CLIPBOARDS; these are usually young woman saying they are doing a survey or partition. one will take your details while the other will rob you from behind. don't even acknowledge them, no eye contact or speech.

PEOPLE FIGHTING, SINGING or DOING TRICKS; this is a distraction to draw a crowed. There is a guy who does tricks with a soccer ball who draws a crowed. This is when we saw 4 African man run off with some poor peoples bags. Don't look, don't interact and just walk away before someone robs you from behind

PEOPLE IN YOUR SPACE; when we were trying to take a photo a lady came behind my husband and started touching him as if crowding to get a photo also. She was trying to put her hands in his pocket and as she did he had to push her out of the way

PEOPLE CLAIMING THEY FOUND SOMETHING OF YOURS;a trick of hand picking up a gold ring and saying; "Is this your?" this is when you talk to them and someone will rob you from behind

All I'm saying is be careful.
We went to allot of tourist places but found this the worst at sunset. (Eiffel tower is also ripe with these type of people)

The police don't care and don't monitor it.
No matter how good you think you are these guys are better
Lock your bags with locks, Hold your cameras tight and don't have anything in your pockets. If you put it down it will be gone they are that good

Then you can enjoy the view and get some good shots.

6  Thank mcaus
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, but is badly let down by the amount of commercial effort put in to avoiding charging an entry fee. There is something wrong with a sacred location having "souvenir medallion/penny" machines between the chapels to the various saints. Similarly the absence of a comprehensive visitor service (like a guide, or a bit of history of the Basilica) results in a beautiful building but a empty feeling.
BUT GETTING OFF THE SOAPBOX...
Spend the small fee and visit both the crypt and the dome. The crypt is solemn, while the dome has the most magnificent view of Paris. Make sure you also look at the building itself as well as the view, the architecture is inspiring in both this and the adjoining buildings.

1  Thank Hop3fullyL0st
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This area is the most beautiful part of Paris. All the artist painting or doing portraits. Many cafe's in the area. A little pricey but worth it. Charcoal portraits were 50 euro's but you could negotiate. The church was so beautiful. I was lucky and mass was going on. Good little gift shop.

Thank slengyelhr
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The Eiffel Tower is wonderful, but the Sacre Coeur is simply the best for me. It makes my Paris Trip every time (I have 5 times!). In beautiful weather, take a picnic, sit on the green grassy slopes, take a walk up to the beautiful Parisean Monmatre area and look at the artists creations and beautiful cobbled square. The views are breathtaking at the top - not for the faint hearted! Enjoy! So romantic!

Thank JetsetZoom
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