Definitive guide

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica, from its 130 metres above ground, is one of the most iconic constructions in Paris.

The Basilica of Sacré Coeur de Montmartre (meaning Sacred Heart of Montmartre), also simply known as Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman-Catholic church located at the summit of the Montmartre hill, in the homonymous neighbourhood.

From its high position on the hill, about 200 metres (656 feet) above the level of the Seine river, the Basilica offers a beautiful view over the entire city of Paris and its surroundings. If you want to explore the area and get to know more about the Basilica, we recommend a tour guided a local .

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Paris
On a sunny day, the grassy bit just below the Sacré Coeur is a local favourite for picnics.

The Basilica of Sacré Coeur was built between 1875 and 1914 in Neo-Byzantine-Romanesque style, which distinguishes it from most other churches in the city.

While the outside strikes visitors with its appearance and all-white domes and campanile, inside the Sacré-Coeur, the ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France - 480 m² (more than 5,000 square feet).


Parvis du Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, 18th arrondissement.

Tickets and price

Entries to the Basilica and its dome are free, but if you want a private tour of the Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre neighbourhood, you can get yours here .


Section Opening time Closure
Basilica 6:30 am 10:30 pm
Dome 10:00 am 5:30 pm


The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur is atop a hill, so you can either climb 197 steps up to the top, or take the Funicular, which is the quickest way up.

Method Métro Bus Montmartre Funicular
Lines 12, 2 40, -
Stops Abbesses, Anvers - Montmartre Gare Haute

Nearby sights

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is in the Montmartre neighbourhood, near all of its other major attractions.

Musée de Montmartre 250 m (820 feet), 3-minute walk.

Dalí Paris 350 m (0.2 miles) west, 5-minute walk.

Le Mur des Je t’aime 500 m (0.3 miles), 7-minute walk.

Author: 1 On a sunny day, the grassy bit just below the Sacré Coeur is a local favourite for picnics.

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