Commonly known as Sacre-Coeur Basilica or Sacre-Coeur, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Paris, France, is Roman Catholic and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The basilica is a very popular landmark in the city of Paris and is located at the highest point in the city, on the summit of the butte Montmartre. The Sacre-Coeur Basilica was designed by architect Paul Abadie. The construction took nearly 40 years to complete, starting in 1875 and finishing in 1914. It wasn’t officially consecrated until after World War 1 in 1919.
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is actually a double monument, serving as a dedication to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was a popular practice and well-known Roman Catholic devotion. The basilica also serves a cultural monument, serving as a national penance for the excesses of the Second Empire.
Sitting upon the highest point in Paris, the Sacre-Coeur is simply amazing. Due to its location, visitors can get great views of Paris, with even better views of the city once you climb to the basilica’s dome. It is quite easy to get to Sacre-Coeur by Metro, where you can take the tram the rest of the way or walk up the hills many steps.
The neighborhood at the bottom of the hill is not the best neighborhood in Paris, so be sure to watch your valuables. It is often recommended that visitors tour the neighborhood of Montmartre on their way up to the Basilica. Tourists can begin their journey at the famous Moulin Rouge, making their way up the hill. Along the path towards the basilica are two streets that feature French gastronomy. There is a secret museum at the top of the hill where tourists can view some of the works from famous artists who lived in the neighborhood, including: Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec, and Utrillo.
The Montmartre neighborhood is one of the trendiest