Discover La Basilique du Sacré Coeur :
Although it is not as well-known and symbolical of Paris as the Eiffel Tower, the Sacré-Cœur, located on the top of a hill in the charming neighbourhood of Montmartre, remains one of the most visited and touristical buildings of Paris. If you’re coming to visit Paris for holidays and if you feel like discovering a historical and central place of the city, this will be perfect.
Even though the basilica was only built at the end of the XIXth century, this had been a place in which faith and religion had played a great role for thousands of years. It is in 1870, after the defeat of France during the war against Germany, that politicians decided to build this monument in order to amend for the sins of French people, which were said to be the reason of the hardships that the nation was facing at that time.
Nowadays, it is still one of the most important religious places in Paris with the Cathédrale de Notre-Dame and it is visited by approximately 11 millions of people every year. The church is open every day of the year and can be visited for free so do not hesitate to climb the stairs that lead there and take a look at the gigantic mosaic representing Jesus Christ, which is one of the biggest of the world with its 475m2.
Once inside, you will be impressed by the dimensions of everything : the organ, the pillars, the stained glass, all the elements of the church seem to have been built by giants, and you may even be lucky enough to hear the organ, which is one of the most beautiful of Paris. The place can sometimes be a little crowded so you may prefer to go there in the morning or in the evening.
This church is more than just a place of faith, in fact, the visit of the coupola is also very interesting. If you decide to go there, you will first have to climb the 300 steps of the stairs and there isn’t any elevator, an adventure in itself !
But it is worth the effort and once you arrive there, you will have a breath-taking view over Paris from one of the highest point of the capital. The Eiffel Tower, the train stations, the Opera, all of this will seem so much smaller from above ! The opening hours of the Dome depend on the period of the year and this visit isn’t free so do not hesitate to check-out the website of the Sacré-Coeur to prepare your visit.
At last, if you are interested in History, the visit of the crypt can also be a great experience that you should think about.
If you intend to spend half a day admiring the architecture of the city in a typically Parisian setting, a visit of the Sacré-Cœur is the place you are looking for, and after climbing all these steps, you may want to have a nice coffee or a hot chocolate in one of the numerous cafés of Montmartre.
Moreover, if you’re staying in one of our Montmartre short term rental apartment such as the one in the Caulaincourt street or in the André Antoine one, you will be able to reach this beautiful monument by foot within less than 20 minutes.