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Updated: 2014-07-25 / (parisinfo.com)
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The white domed basilica of Sacré-Coeur dominates the city. Crowning the top of the butte (hill) of Montmartre, one of the highest hills in Paris, it offers one of the finest views of Paris. This church in the shape of a Greek cross, and its crypt, is in the Romano-Byzantine style. It was built between 1875 and 1923 by the architect Paul Abadie, after the Commune de Paris. With is cupola it stands 80-metres-high. The ceiling is decorated with the largest mosaic in France measuring almost 480 m². And, it also has the largest bell in France weighing 19 tons, towed from Annecy (Haute-Savoie) to the Sacré-Coeur.

On the hill, just below the basilica is the Place du Tertre and its painters, the Abbesses district with its winding steep streets, and at the bottom of the hill, the famous Moulin Rouge.

Access to the basilica is free every day from 6am to 11pm.

Address: 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre, Paris 18th. Funiculaire de Montmartre / Metro Anvers, Abbesses

Entrance fees and modalities

Independent tour

Dome and Crypt: €8 / €5 (4-16yrs) Dome: €6 / €4 (4-16yrs) Crypt: €3 €2 (4-16yrs) Guided tours are not authorized in the basilica. A chaplain or a nun may greet you upon request.

Guided tour NC

Group tour NC

Free Entrance to the basilica and the crypt is free for everyone.

Free for young people and children Under 4s

Free and reduced for disabled people NC

Opening times

The basilica is open everyday from 6am to 11pm (last entry at 10.15pm for tours).

Details of opening times

The library and reception: Open everyday except Monday and Tuesday morning.

Opening of ticket desks NC

Late opening NC

Exceptional opening 1 January, Easter, Easter Monday, Ascension Day, 8 May, Whitsuntide, Whit Monday, 14 July, 15 August, 1 November, 11 November, 25 December


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