Paris has been treating us well this week and I got to see the Sacre Coeur in the most beautiful weather.
I’ve been using the sunshine of the last week to continue my walking mission through the city. I don’t think I have ever walked as much in my life as I do now in Paris. Last weekend one of those trips took me up to one of those Parisian monuments that appears near the very top of every Paris traveller’s bucket list: The Basilique du Sacré Cœur in Paris. The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
The Basilica sits on top of Montmartre Hill, the highest peak in the city. It is one of the most stunning sights in Paris and there are many of them! Walking up there you stroll through picturesque cobblestone streets framed in typical French architecture . To take a break from walking uphill you can sit down in one of the cute independent cafés and bistros.
Once you finished the climb up and took your tour through the basilica (taking pictures is strictly prohibited!) you can have a sit-down in the Square Louise Michel, the park below the Sacré Cœur, if you don’t mind sharing your space with hundreds of other tourists. Also be prepared to be heckled by vendors trying to sell you all sorts of souvenirs!
We visited in the middle of the day, but if you go in the early morning or near closing you have a good chance of beating the crowds or catching the spectacular sunset views
To find details on visiting the Sacré Cœur click here.
The daily opening hours are:
Basilica (free entry): 6 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Dome: 8.30a.m. to 8p.m. (May to September) and 9a.m. to 5p.m. (October to April)