At the top of the Butte de Montmartre hill, up a cascading series of staircases, this dove-white Roman-Byzantine basilica offers a birds-eye view over Paris from a completely different perspective as the city unfurls to the south.
La Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre (Sacred Heart) was built in 1873 as penitence for the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71), paid for by often-small donations from all over France (donors' names are carved into the stone). Entry to the chapel-lined basilica is free but if you're not sick of climbing stairs just yet definitely pay to head up another 234 of them into the dome to get the full experience of this top attraction.
Some of the climb can be offset on a 90-second ride on the funicular railway (using regular metro tickets or passes) to the bottom of the basilica's steps.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 10:30 PM
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- Nearest Train: Abbesses