The Basilica is a beautiful monument and filled with interesting architectural details, both on the inside and on the outside and, though not as beautiful as Notre-Dame, it’s well worth the visit. The view from Paris is also great.
But beware: there are lots and lots of pickpockets, both on the staircases and the entrance of the church. Be alert and keep your belongings close to you. You really don’t want to make things easier, because, from what I’ve heard from locals, this is a place with a very, very high number of unhappy incidents.
This are tips and advices I received from locals, and, though they sound a little bit exaggerated, believe me, they are true: try not to go alone, and don’t stop at the stairs for nothing – not for taking pictures, not to answer phone calls and not to tie your shoes. If anyone approaches you, reply, without even thinking, you’re in a hurry to take the metro (and do so in French if you can). Sometimes they physically try to stop you (they did that to me), but don’t stop, and don’t keep your guard down.
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