France's second most visited religious monument, after the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacré-Coeur) in Montmartre is the jewel in the crown of one of Paris' most famous districts. At the top of the famous Montmartre hill in the 18th arrondissement, you can thus discover a famous pilgrimage destination whose Romanesque-Byzantine style wins over visitors from all over the world. Accessible by funicular railway or on foot, after climbing the 222 steps from the Square Louise Michel, this magnificent white stone basilica consecrated in 1919 amazes by its eclectic architecture and dazzling white colour.
Perched right at the top of Montmartre hill, at 130 metres in altitude, it offers exceptional views of the French capital to anyone who makes the effort to climb up all the steps to its dome! Less athletic visitors can console themselves by going to admire the lovely views of Paris from the terrace on the very pleasant Square Louise Michel, downhill from the Sacred Heart.
Inside the basilica, you can admire the biggest mosaic in France on the ceiling of the apse, a splendid creation of around 480 m² depicting Christ in glory.