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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark and the second most visited monument in Paris, the basilica stands at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur Basilica is above all a religious (Catholic) building, shown by its perpetual adoration of the Holy Eucharist since 1885, and is also seen as a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and for the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular devotion since the visions of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque in Paray-le-Monial.
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Architecture and views are amazing. Very short queue and pleasant security let us in to the basilica. Inside everything is very beautiful yet there are signs not to take pictures, many people disrespect it and use phones and cameras. Everywhere there are signs for €2.00 for candles, the commerce is annoying. Regarding the dome, €6.00 per adult, 300 steps and there is no elevator/lift but every step is worth the beauty up there. The downside we had to wait in the queue for 40 minutes due to the broken machine that takes payments / issuing the tickets. The security there was rude, making a point that here in France we need to speak French, as he knows 4 languages and if he will to to English speaking country, he will speak English.
It's deserving to be one of the main attractions in Paris. The cathedral is extremely detailed and every angle is beautiful to look at. The Dome tour is nice but not justified if you're short on time. You can soak up the view just fine from in-front of the cathedral. Be sure to take a whole pass around it though to really enjoy all the angles.
Warnings FIRST. ------------------------- WATCH OUT FOR THE BRACELET SCAMMERS ! They are around the bottom of the stairs. DO NOT let them put a bracelet on you! They are a little aggressive. They will imply that it’s free and tie it on you and then expect money. I spent a good 30 minutes watching how many people got fooled. I myself had to dodge dip and dodge to not have that happen to me. Free to go in. Have fun! Breathtaking basilica! I visited on a Monday afternoon and it was wonderful. I would say one of the most impressive I have visited. Be prepared to see lots of crowds, but don't sorry about waiting too long in line to see inside as the line goes by quickly. Careful with pickpockets, I saw a man get robbed nearby. There is a lift to take you up, but if you can take the stairs, as it's a beautiful sight to see and great photo opportunity. There are plenty shops and restaurants nearby to also check out.
It's off the main thoroughfare but worth the effort. A few flights of stairs to climb but the view is unique. The church itself is quite unique and the inside equally beautiful. You can even pray here, there are quiet spots. Beware of some of the touts on the outside offering strings in friendship only to ask you for money. Be on the alert and see other reviews hereunder about how they operate.
While the sight was absolutely amazing, stunning even, the men 'selling' friendship bracelets at the entrance and foot of the stairs really put it as the worst experience I had in Paris. My mother in law had warned me about them. They grab your arm (sometimes trying to distract you by pointing out something else) and start tying the string to you....you can't get it off and if you walk away without paying they raise a ruckus. We watched them do this for a while and it's amazing that it's not being dealt with. They line up at the entrance and the foot of the stair in a line so you can't avoid them. When we were trying to get through them I said firmly "Don't touch me." resulting in them calling me some names in another language and even one hitting me. If we'd been able to see the police we would have reported it. The church is gorgeous, but be aware of these men, and if possible don't go alone.
I travel with students during the summer, and this is one of my favorite places to take them in Paris. The cathedral is beautiful, and I recommend you step inside. There are other churches available for viewing as well. Around the backside there are artists, cafes, musicians... It's the Paris most folks imagine rather than the urine-smelling streets and metros in other areas. There is a carousel at the base of the hill. There's a significant number of steps up the hill, but there is also a little tram car that will take you to the top for just under 2€. Beautiful does and place.
Possibly the best view of Paris, a must if you want to take some great pictures overlooking this wonderful city. Another great location for a packed lunch filled with Parisian goodies. The grass slopes between the steps are a perfect spot to sit and take in the views. Also a trip up the dome at the top is well worth the €6 and it's only 300 steps.
The views of the city from the steps to this church are incredible. Be forewarned, you can’t see the Eiffel tour, but it’s still pretty nice. The church itself is stunning both inside and out. A massive mosaic covers the interior of the dome and catches the eye of everyone walking through. Take some time to sit and take in all it has to offer.
We came for the view and weren't disappointed! Amazing views like no other, there's few perspectives of Paris as amazing as from here. The building itself is beautiful and ornate, though not as stunning as other areas of Paris. We heard it was beautiful and weren't disappointed There are a significant amount of stairs, though there's a tram to get most of the way up which you can buy a ticket for. I'd highly recommend this tram if you're planning to spend your day adventuring around Paris. Having been once, I don't think we'd go back
Love this church. It's beautiful and a really nice place to pray. I like to meditate and light a candle in the back. It's an active church and they offer mass, confession, etc. It's probably my favourite church in Paris. Many large groups come through but they do try to keep people quiet and respectful..., just depends.
great view of Paris,the church is Beautiful, come at a good time and you will hear the Nuns sing,be careful with the guys on the street who wants to draw your portrait but not give you the price first, after they are done it would be a whopping 80euros and good luck trying to talk them down,they get real upset. overall the shops and cafe are nice,there's also a mini train that's 6euros for adult and 4 for children to tour around the area.You do not have to walk up all the stairs to get to the church,if you are driving,there are roads to get there,if not there's this Elevator that looks like a mini tram,that takes metro tickets and it brings you to the top. Something you do not see around much are public bathrooms and there's one there.
This is yet another church with historic value . I must say it’s worth the climb. Better yet, take the funicular up the hill and save your legs. Normally, the funicular costs 6 euros each way. With a Paris Metro Navigo pass, it's free. Entry is free inside. The rich architecture and the efforts taken by recent artists to reconstruct is amazing. You can feel the Parisian atmosphere and enjoy awesome views over the city. You can feel the history surrounding you.
In a nut shell- magnificent! Went here during the day and climbed 300 steps to get to the tome of the dome (€6 entrance fee March 2018). The view was breath taking (as well as climbing the steps but there was a place to sit at the top to catch my breath fortunately). At the foot of the steps just a few minutes away there is an amazing place to eat- Josse- budget friendly price, served by very generous and friendly people- you will not regret this choice for lunch but make sure you check opening hours to not be disappointed.
Beautiful view of the city! Definitely a must-to-do. The enter of the basilica is free, but you should pay 6€ and go up to the dome! From there you will have a 360° view of Paris! Be aware: you have to climb around 300steps... You have to work out a bit, but the view is worth it! You can get there with the blue line (#2) metro and get off at Anverres, from there it takes just 5/10 min of walking to the Basilica.
Breathtaking basilica! I visited on a Monday afternoon and it was wonderful. I would say one of the most impressive I have visited. Be prepared to see lots of crowds, but don't sorry about waiting too long in line to see inside as the line goes by quickly. Careful with pickpockets, I saw a man get robbed nearby. There is a lift to take you up, but if you can take the stairs, as it's a beautiful sight to see and great photo opportunity. There are plenty shops and restaurants nearby to also check out.
Amazing views from the top of the steps, well worth visiting! As others have said, we experienced the most aggressive approaches to selling goods here. We spotted the common tactic of placing a bracelet on someone's wrist and demanding that they then pay for it, but when a man grabbed my fiance's left hand and refused to loosen his grip for some time, it was clear he was trying to get his engagement ring. Like anywhere, be vigilant and keep your hands protected - in pockets or folded arms has worked well for us. Alternatively, get the very cheap funicular to the top to avoid this issue
Amazing view of the city from top of the hill. Unlike other high vantage point places, here, you can sit on the stairs, relax and chat. A good place to visit even if the church is closed. Be careful of you belongings and con artists - particularly at the foot of the stairs.
Beautiful inside and stunning outside. The trip to the dome is worth the price. Would have been nicer if they had found a way to enforce the "no photos" rule; lots of people trying to take pictures ruins the ambiance
This place is amazing. Magical! It's an amalgamation of art, history, architecture, and local life happening. You can be sure to take in great views of the city (it's the highest point in Paris), see beautiful art galleries, cute little cafes, and maybe even get your portrait drawn by the amazing local artists. You can't also visit Salvador dali's house which is now a museum and will be one of the best museums you'll ever see!
We went here at night and it was stunning! The Bassillica is so impressive at night as it's lit up and looks like a shining beacon above Paris. There is a tram that can take you from the bottom to the top if you don't fancy the walk, cost is the same as one metro ticket, which you can buy 10 for about 13 euros. Views of Paris from the top and stunning in either day or night, a must see.
It was a wonderful experience being there. The visited the church. It was quite peaceful to be there. The architecture was good. They have cable way trolley to go up to the first level. There is car park here and good place to get the view of Paris from here. There is small train here on wheels running on road to go upto the entrance of Church.