The Basilique Sacre-Coeur in Paris is a basilica and Roman Catholic church. Its English name is the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Paris.
How to Get There
The basilica is at the top of the butte Montmartre, Paris’ highest point. Its address is 18e, Paris, France. The metro transport is either Abbesses or Anvers. Visitors can take the Montmartrobus or buses 30, 54, 80 and 85.
What to See
The Basilique Sacre-Coeur in Paris is set on the Chateau-Landon stone. This is a travertine that turns white as it ages. The basilica’s portal has foliage designs and bronze doors.
Within the basilica, one will see mosaics on the apse. There is a Greek cross design on the floor. The 83m high dome is set above the crossing. The barrel vault is held up by 11 arches. At a monstrance over the high altar is the Blessed Sacrament. Adoration of the Sacrament began in 1885 and continues to this day.
The apse mosaic was created by Luc-Olivier Merson. It is the largest on the planet. It shows Jesus in majestic form. It also depicts the Sacred Heart being adored by St. Michael the Archangel, Joan of Arc and the Virgin Mary.
Climbing to the dome’s top gives you a splendid view of the city. At the top, you are 270 feet over Montmartre. In terms of elevation, it is second only to the Eiffel Tower.
The basilica was built following the Franco–Prussian War in 1870. It was created in an effort to end the nation’s bad luck. The basilica was also made in honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The foundations were established in 1875. Consecration took place in 1891. However, it was not until 1914 that the structure was completed. The church was not recognized as a basilica until the year 1919.
There is no charge for entering the basilica. Admission to the crypt and dome costs 5 Euros however. The Basilique Sacre-Coeur in Paris is open everyday from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Before you go there, it is best to get in touch with your tour provider. They can provide you with any new details regarding price and opening times.