The Sacré Coeur basilica (Sacred Heart basilica) stands on top of the Montmartre hill and offers you an exceptional panorama on Paris. Its creation began at the end of the 19th century. It is a true Romano-Byzantine jewel of architecture. The Dome of this 80-meter high mosaic decorated basilica makes it a world-famous monument. The Sacré Coeur basilica is one of the most famous monuments in the capital and definitely a must-see. Organize your visit thanks to our Sacré Coeur guide and discover our advice to make the most of your visit at the basilica.

Plan your visit

How to get to the Sacré Coeur basilica? To get to Montmartre, take metro line 2 (Anvers station) or 12 (Abbesses station). Then you will have to climb two steep slopes to reach the basilica. If you prefer not walking, you can also take a Montmartre funicular RATP ticket. It will drop you off a few meters away from the Sacré Coeur.

Opening hours

You can enter the Basilica of the Sacred Heart every day from 6AM to 10:30PM all year round. However, the opening hours to the Dome are different:

  • 9:30AM to 5PM from October to April
  • 8:30AM to 8PM from May to September


  • The entrance to the basilica is free of charge
  • The Dome self-guided tour is 6€ and 5€ for the 4 to 16 year olds
  • The Crypt visit is 3€ and 2€ for the 4 to 16 year olds
  • The combined visit of the Dome and the Crypt is 8€ and 5€ for the 4 to 16 year olds
  • We also offer audio-guided tours to learn more about the history of the Sacré Coeur basilica and its exceptional sites

How long does it take to visit the basilica?

It will take you from 45 minutes to an hour to visit the Dome and the Crypt of the Sacré Coeur. You should also know that to reach this unique viewpoint over Paris you will have to climb 300 steps.

The must-sees and must-dos

  • The Priory of the Sacred Heart
  • Square Louise Michel
  • Place du Tertre
  • The Montmartre Museum

History and culture

Erected in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, the basilica stands on the Montmartre hill. A colossal project that lasted almost fifty years and resulted in the construction of this monument. Here are some key figures describing the Sacré Coeur Basilica: a 19-ton bell and an 83-meter high dome. The monument is 130-meter high. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is above all a place of worship where a pilgrimage is held every year. There are also times dedicated to the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament where the faithful can register to receive the Eucharist.

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