Tourist Guide Paris

Sacré-Coeur Basilica (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)

Sacre-Coeur Basilica can be found on the 130m high hill of Montmartre

Already by 1914 the building of the Sacre-Coeur was completed however, it was only inaugurated after the First World War in the year 1919. The seat of the Sacre-Coeur Basilica can be found on the 130m high hill of Montmartre. It serves as a famous monument of the Roman-Byzantine period. Its appearance is indescribably beautiful. In white it sparkles towards onlookers and its face illuminates over the beautiful city of Paris.

The Basilica has a total height of 85 metres with the dome on its own being 55 metres in height. The best way to visit the Basilica is on a climb through the Scare Willette; a park whose steps lead up to the Basilica. Those not fond of hill climbing should take the less steep route with the funicular railway. This funicular railway not only has the advantage of avoiding a steep climb, but also offers a wonderful view and so the ride up to the Sacre-Coeur can really be enjoyed. Whoever wishes to enjoy the breathtaking church with all their senses should move their trip ideally to the early morning or to the time of sunset as the number of visitors at these times is not too high. However one should really take the difficult climb over the steps of the Park into consideration – above all these efforts are richly rewarded at sunset as from up there Paris looks even more romantic. After the descent one can regain some energy in one of the numerous cafes, restaurants or in a local pub.

The Sacre Coeur Basicila is most accessible using the Metro – leave the train at the “Anvers” stop, from there simply follow the many road signs or take one of the many buses which stop at Montmartre.