If you decide to take a trip to Paris, you cannot miss the Sacred Heart Basilica, in the heart of the Montmartre district. At the top of the hill, its white dome dominates the whole city. It was built in the th century in the Roman-Byzantine style and is still one of the most loved and visited buildings in Paris today.
It has a particular charm, linked to creativity, to art, it brings to mind the life of the old French poets, cabarets and literary cafes, the life of ancient Paris, in short. On a trip to the French capital, you cannot miss the discovery of the details of a building that has made the history of the city.
Here are some tips on everything you need to know before one visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
- How to reach us
- Costs and timetables
- Visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart: Useful tips
- History, curiosities and practical information: what to know about the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in brief
- User questions and comments
How to reach us
- By metro: the nearest stops are Anvers (M2) and Abbesses (M12). Once here you will have to walk for about 8 minutes until you reach the steps leading to the Basilica. Then you can choose whether to walk up the approximately 237 steps or take the funicular (cost € 1,70, the same ticket as the metro is worth)
- By bus: you can get on various buses (n. 30, 31, 54, 80, 85) which all stop in Anvers. Once here you will have to walk for about 8 minutes until you reach the steps leading to the Basilica. Then you can choose whether to walk up the 237 steps or take the funicular (cost € 1,70, it is worth the same ticket as the metro)
- Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/9rt5PyQLjpj
Costs and timetables
- the Basilica is open every day from 8.30 to 20 from May to September and from 9 to 17 from October to April. People registered in the register of night prayers can stay even after closing time.
- Full ticket: admission to the Basilica is free, but you pay a ticket for the crypt and the dome. For the combined visit: € 8, for the dome € 6, for the crypt € 3.
- Reductions: Children under 4 do not pay. For children aged 4 to 16 for the combined visit the cost is € 5, € 4 for the dome and € 2 for the crypt
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- Entrance and guided tour of the Sacred Heart from € 15 per person
- Montmartre guided tour from € 20 per person
- Combined tour Musèe d'Orsay and Montmartre from € 75 per person
Visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart: Useful tips
As with any other place of interest, especially in large cities, it is advisable to follow some advice in order not to waste time and make visits more fluid and pleasant.
- Go early in the morning. It is the best time to visit the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, immersed in silence and much more enjoyable than at other times of the day, when it is populated by tourists from all over the world.
- Appropriate clothing. Although it is a historic building to be discovered, it is still a place of worship, so you will have to wear appropriate clothing for the situation
- Give it at least an hour. To visit the dome you will need a minimum time of one hour.
- Stop in the afternoon on the staircase and in the space near the Basilica. So you can enjoy the evocative shows of street artists that populate the neighborhood
- Don't miss the sunset from this point of the city. Nowhere else in Paris will you be able to enjoy such a breathtaking panorama
- Stick to the rules: It is not possible to take photos inside the Basilica
History, curiosities and practical information: what to know about the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in brief
The basilica is located above Montmartre, precisely in the urban area of the th arrondissement of Paris and was built when the district was still only a small village.
The first step in the construction was taken in 1875 and it was consecrated in 1919. Pope Benedict XV nominated it as a minor basilica in 1898.
The limestone with which the building was built has the characteristic of not retaining smog and dust, for this reason the Basilica seems even more resplendent after each rain. It is the tallest monument in Paris after the Eiffel Tower, the Montparnasse skyscraper and Les Invalides.
You can't miss the Mosaic depicting Jesus that welcomes the faithful with open arms. It is one of the largest in the world and is located at the top of the altar