Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Paris

Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Paris (must see)

The white dome of Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, commonly known as Sacré-Coeur Basilica, sits majestically atop the arty district of Montmartre with a breathtaking view of the city of Paris.

Distinctive and imposing, the basilica was built between 1870 and 1919, by the French government as a symbol of the return of self-confidence after the devastating years of Franco-Prussian War and to reassert the power of the Catholic Church. Built on the top of the Montmartre hill, the highest point of the basilica is even higher than the top of the Eiffel Tower. Due to its prominent location, Sacré-Coeur is one of the most noticeable landmarks in Paris.

Don't get too seduced by its majestic views of Paris and miss spending some time inside. The beautiful golden mosaic set high above the choir is definitely worthy of some awed gazing. The largest and most eye-catching mosaic is called Christ in Majesty and it is meant to symbolize France's devotion to the Sacred Heart. Whether you are a devotee to Sacred Heart or not, it is hard to take your eyes away from it.

Why You Should Visit:
The beauty of this landmark is best appreciated as you climb the stairs to the top.
Once at the top, the inside of the church is exquisite and beautiful. And, if you are lucky to climb the stairs on a clear day, you will witness one of the city's most glorious views!

Tip:
You will need a level of fitness to climb the stairs; however, you can also get inside a cable car (for the cost of a ticket). Alternately, you can hop on the free mini-train which starts from opposite the Windmill Theater in Montmartre (Red Light District) and stops behind Sacré-Coeur Basilica.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 8:30am-8pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sacré-Coeur Basilica on Map

Sight Name: Sacré-Coeur Basilica
Sight Location: Paris, France
Sight Type: Religious
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