Enjoy a 2-hour private guided tour of Montmartre, the Parisian district of love and art, and the cradle of Impressionism. Learn about its history and…
Explore the beautiful artists’s quarter of Montmartre in Paris on this fascinating 2-hour guided tour. Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh and…
Visit the monuments, museums, and gardens of Paris on a private tour. Cruise the city’s streets in a vintage Citroen 2CV, and experience the city’s…
Explore the beauty and grace of Paris on a half-day city tour that includes a visit to the Montmartre district, famous for the white-domed Basilica…
Get a complete overview of the French capital on this Paris tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access at the Eiffel Tower, cruise the Seine River, and stroll…
Roam through the streets of Paris taking in all the famous sights such as the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Champs-Elysees. Cruise along the Seine, and…
With its stunning façade, impressive interior, and breathtaking views over Paris, the "Sacred Heart" is as popular among locals as it is tour groups. Here are a few interesting facts to help better understand its relationship with the city.
With the French defeated, Bishop Fournier claimed God had punished the country for "a century of moral decline" since the revolution. The basilica was built to expiate Paris' sins!
Paris' highest point didn't always swarm with tourists and bohemians. Its original abbey was razed during the revolution, and the site later saw the Paris Commune uprising in 1871.
Though the foundation stone was laid in 1875, the basilica took 29 years to build. With the outbreak of the First World War, the building wasn't consecrated until 1919.
Paul Abadie's Romano-Byzantine-influenced design was unusual at the time, but it was intended to counter the unabashed opulence of Paris' recently built opera house.
During the digging of its unusually deep foundations, a tooth was found and later identified as that of Palaeotherium – a previously undiscovered species of prehistoric tapir!
Access to the Sacré-Cœur is free! A tour can help you make the most of your visit, but note that, as a sanctuary for religious worship, guided tour groups aren't allowed inside the chapels.
The Sacré-Cœur is open to visitors between the hours of 8:00AM and 8:00PM from May to September, and 9:00AM and 5:00PM from October to April. Mass is held from Monday to Friday at 7:00AM, 11:15AM, 3:00PM (Friday only), 6:30PM, and 10:00PM. Weekend times are 7:00AM, 11:00AM, 6:00PM (Sunday only), and 10:00PM.
The easiest way to reach the Sacré-Cœur is by taking the Metro line 2 to Anvers. From there it is just a short walk to the funicular car, should the scenic walk through the hill's steep gardens appear too daunting! The hill can also be reached by bus routes 30, 31, 80, and 85.
- When to visitOpen daily 8:00AM to 8:00PM in the summer, 9:00AM to 5:00PM in the winter.
- What is the price?The Sacré-Cœur is free to visit!
- Will I need a guide?Definitely, although the tours cannot go inside the chapels. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
- How to get thereTake the Metro line 2 to Anvers and walk or take the funicular car up, or take buses 30, 31, 80 or 85.
- Additional tipsBe aware of your surroundings and your belongings in crowded areas. | If you can, save your visit for a clear day, when views over the city are incredible!