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#8 of 802 Places To Visit in Paris
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35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018 Paris, France
All days of the week
6:00 AM - 10:30 PM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

how to reach basilica of the sacré cœur

The Basilica is accessible by bus. Buses 30, 31, 80, and 85 can be taken to the bottom of the hill of the Basilica. You can also travel by train, Line 12 of the metro can be taken to Jules Joffrin station and visitors can then change to the Montmartrobus and disembark at Place du Tertre.

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about basilica of the sacré cœur

A Parisian landmark and symbol of the city's indomitable spirit, Basilica du Sacre-Coeur, seated atop the highest point in Paris, butte Montmartre, is a minor basilica dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Built in an attempt to cure the city of its misfortunes back in 1870 following France's defeat at the hands of the Prussians, the church was built with contributions pouring from all quarters. While the construction began in 1876, it eventually got consecrated in 1919. Parisian's symbol of unwavering faith and national penance for the crimes committed by the Commune during the Second Empire, Basilica du Sacre-Coeur has free Romano-Byzantine features in its architectural style, in a direct reaction to the baroque sumptuousness of the Palais Garnier built in the same era as the basilica.

Walk up the spiral staircase to the top of the 271 feet tall white dome of the Basilica and the view that greets you there is simply paradisiacal, being the second highest in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. The gleaming white domes of the basilica is home to one of the largest mosaic of its kind in the world- set above the choir, massive and gleaming golden, the mosaic depicts Christ with a golden heart and arms outstretched, surrounded by a number of figures like the Virgin Mary. It was created in 1922 by Luc Olivier Merson.
While daily masses are held out here, try and visit the Basilica early in the morning or evening when it is less crowded. If you are visiting on a Sunday, then expect a massive crowd out here. Also, be sure to walk the inner dome and take in the sweeping view it affords of the city right up to the Ile de France.

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1 Basilica of the Sacré Cœur review
Simuran Kodesia
Simuran Kodesia
Mar 28 2014
A very popular place for tourists. Also one of the most picturesque places in Paris.