History of Sacré-Cœur Basilica
Standing on the top of the Montmarte hill, Sacré-Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) is one of the most beautiful churches in Paris.
Its construction began in 1875. Although it finished in 1914, the church is consecrated in 1919 after the end of the World War I. Sacré-Cœur Basilica is dedicated to all who lost their lives during the Franco-Prussian War and the rule of the Paris Commune.
The basilica is designed in Romano-Byzantine architectural style by Paul Abadie. Sacré-Cœur is built of travertine stone, which constantly exudes calcite. This contributes to the shining chalky whiteness of the basilica. Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside the church.
Tips for visiting Sacré-Cœur Basilica
You can hear the church organ at 03:00 PM mass on Friday or at 11:00 AM, 06:00 PM and 10:00 PM masses on Sunday.
The panoramic view from the front steps of Sacré-Cœur is truly beautiful, but if you climb the 300 steps of the dome, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views over Paris. The entrance to the dome and to the crypt is outside on the left side of the basilica. Take in mind that there isn’t any lift to the top of the dome.
Address: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris
Access: more info
In order to avoid the stairs you can take the funicular, which costs one metro ticket each way.
Opening hours: Every day: 06:00 AM – 10:30 PM
Dome and the crypt: more info
Web site: http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/english/
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