Sacré-Cœur (or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris) commands the heights of Montmartre. As well as being one of Paris's famous landmarks, this is a quintessential symbol of Montmartre. Sacré-Cœur's architectural style is interesting, mixing a Romano-Byzantine design while the curved white domes are rather oriental in form. The pure white exterior is particularly eye-catching and the mosaics on the interior of the dome even more amazing. Visitors can climb up the spiral staircase to the top of the basilica dome and be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of northern Paris.
The highest Church in Paris is admirable for its architecture, environment and scenery. It's better to see the sunset in the afternoon. ~ 1. Located in Montmartre Heights, you can climb stairs or take a rail car. 2. You can buy tickets to go up the tower in a fixed time. You don't need to buy tickets to visit the church before 5:00 p.m. for any uncertain time. It's free. The church building is magnificent, the glass decoration is exquisite, and the interior is solemn. 4. It is also beautiful to take photos around the outside of the church. Don't miss it.
Paris is beautiful. If you want to see Paris at sunset, you need to head on over to the Baisllique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre.The basilica itself is architecturally stunning!!It's as beautiful inside as it is outside.Since it's situated on a hill, the views around it were amazing.The steps of the basilica face west. Making it the best vantage point to see the sunset. I've been here twice. Once it was very cloudy, no sun unfortunately, but still a nice view of Paris. The second time around it was a nice sunny summer's day. The sunset was stunning!!It does get crowded as sunset time approaches. Save your place on the steps early.As is with crowded places, mind your belongings. Just be aware at all times.I got here each time by taking the L'Open Tour which stops at this location.The view is FREE, I can't think of anything better than to take a relaxing view after a hectic day.
So, of course I had to spend a few hours climbing to the top of the hill to check out the Sacre-Coeur. Oddly enough, I never did make it inside. I spent a couple of hours with a sandwich, sitting on the steps, overlooking Paris, watching a street (though I suppose in this case it would be "step") performer carry on. I don't really regret it.Honestly, if you've spent any time in Europe, you've seen a spectacularly amazing church or two. After the first dozen or so churches that take your breath away with their amazing beauty, well... if you've seen one, you've seen them all. Sacre-coeur is absolutely still worth making a visit to, though. I got swept away by the ambiance and idea of being there. Whatever it is that does it for you, you'll likely find something to be happy about up here, on top of Paris
Perched at the zenith of Montmartre hill, Sacré-Cœur’s domes shine out across the city and offer mesmerising views. Begun in 1875, this mock Romano-Byzantine wonder is a symbol of the previous wranglings between the Catholics and Republicans. Finally declared sacred in 1919 (its name means Sacred Heart), the Sacre Coeur offers visitors an authentic experience. Its interior is laden with towering arches and exuberant mosaics which create a serene innocence. Though drama is not far from reach. Mass, which is held at varying periods during the week, conjures a real sense of theatricality with nuns and priests singing impassioned and melancholy chants over haunting pipe organs. Even for agnostics it's stirring stuff. It won't leave the heart untouched.
The most unexpected, inspiring experience of my trip to Paris occurred here. Perhaps this isn't surprising to some since it is a "sacred" site, after all. But I'm not at all religious. Walking into the church we were greeted by the most beautiful, otherworldly singing I have ever heard, sung by a choir of nuns. This was highly welcome and soothing after the tourist laden hillside climb to church. The views of Paris from the church are breathtaking. And the Montmarte neighborhood is fun and entertaining, despite the shoulder to shoulder tourist hordes. Don't miss this amazing church. I would suggest it over Notre Dame if you are pressed for time in Paris.
This basilica is on a hill on the edge of town, meaning that it's not convenient to much else. However, it is tucked into the fabulously artsy neighborhood of Montmartre, which is worth exploring on its own. After seeing the church, spend some time on the steps admiring the beauty of the Parisian landscape. From this vantage point you can see the whole city stretching away from you. When I was there, there was a great street musician leading all the tourists in sing-alongs, which was surprisingly fun and not annoying.
This place is truly magical and a must see for anyone visiting Paris. Thew view of the city on a clear day is amazing! And even on a cloudy rainy evening, this place is totally worth visiting. Upon arriving at the Metro stop, you find lots of hustle and bustle which also also includes people trying to prey on tourists, but if you keep walking up the hill and behind the basilica, the neighborhood immediately transforms itself and is much quieter. The rear of the church provide some great photo ops as well.
Sacré-Coeur is the beautiful cathedral on top of Montmartre, and not only is it nice to see from the inside, but the best part about it is the atmosphere around it. There is a magnificent view over the city and there are often musicians entertaining the young crowd that is sipping wine and picnicking on the steep staircases and on the little strip of lawn in between them. Bring your own blanket, some wine and cheese and you are set for a little romantic soirée.
A lot of folks head to Montmartre for the art and its bohemian history, but at the peak lies a beautiful church with a great view of the rest of Paris below. The interior is beautiful and it seems to be frequented for its original intention (mass) rather than just a museum of art history. More tourists flock outside the church for the view from the steps. The public bathrooms nearby are pretty gross, so empty your bladders before climbing up here!
Has a great view of Paris from the steps of Sacré-Coeur. The inside of the church is also breathtaking. The ceilings were made of mosaics. Absolutely stunning! Wish I could take pictures inside of the church. The Sacré-Coeur is constructed of stone from Château-Landon, which is known for it's high content of calcite. In damp weather calcite leaches out of the stone, keeping the appearance of the monument chalky white. A must see in Paris!