There were no vendors (and I was the only artist) last time I was there! I have to admit that it was about 08.30 on a Sunday in March and I had a bit of a hangover from the night before, but it was very quiet and magical views of Paris - right down the Rue Lafayette.
Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre
38 rue du Chevalier-de-la-Barre, 75018 Paris
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35 reviews of Basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre in English
Beautiful views, from the bottom & the top! The building itself is a real architectural gem & the surrounding area is lovely too. In fact, the little train & art market are great things to see while you’re here too.
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i did not go inside, the review is more for what's happening there in the evening.
which is: mostly young people hanging out on the steps, watching the sunset, drinking 2€ heinekens sold by bengali guys while listening to french musicians play a variety of songs. well worth the visit! o yeah, the scenery definitely helps!;-)
Amazing, I love it here. I put some Edith Piaf on my mp3 player and bolted up all the stairs to the top. It was the best fun, people stared at me while I was laughing like an idiot the whole time, I recommend it. The views are awesome.
Just walk right past the dodgy guys trying to sell you stuff and keep a tight hold of all your belongings, but the same goes for pretty much any tourist area.
When I got to the top there was a guy playing 'La vie en rose' on the harp, pretty epic. The inside is beautiful too, very busy.
Our visit to the sacre coeur was a real shame. Of course the cathedral itself is great, but to get there one has to walk up the gardens (if heading in from the south).
The gardens, complete with a funicular, merry go round and live busking shows are, in theory wonderful, but in reality horrible.
On the way in I was manhandled at least 3 times by some Senegalese guys trying to tie a string around my wrist, to get me to pay it, and at one point I had to physically shove one guy in the chest to get rid of him.
Then were met by 10 kids trying to distract us while they attempted to pickpocket us. It didn't work, but seeing another group of string sellers and pickpockets ahead we abandoned our trip to the cathedral itself. When I last went to the cathedral, about 4 years ago, I didn't experience any problems and loved it, so I don't know what changed.
Also, the police presence was laughable, I saw 1 that was relaxing at the top of the funicular and that was it, terrible considering I saw at least 50 con artists.
Normally in these situations one can abide by the key experienced traveller tenants of; keep a low profile and be sensible, but in this case there was no way to avoid cons and attempted pickpocketings. My advice is to go really early to avoid the criminals, maybe 6-8am, otherwise prepare to be manhandled and pocket dipped.
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One of my favourite places in the world! And so I headed straight there by foot from the Eurostar from Gard Du Nord.
Montmartre itself is a great area, Pigalle not so much - don’t take any rubbish from the myriad of African guys either trying to sell you sunglasses, an Eiffel Tower model, or plait you a friendship bangle!
After you have dodged them, prepare yourself for a strenous walk up steps, unless you grab a ride on the funiculaire to the left of the basilica, as you look at it.
This was the first time I actually went in, and I have to say it was truly humbling. As with most Catholic churches, the main nave is surrounded by many smaller chapels dedicated to saints, each with its lit candles and offerings.
But as I walked in, the thing that most struck me, apart from the sheer beauty of the roof and cupola, was the sound - the nuns were in mid-service and were singing so beautifully I nearly cried! I actually felt as if i shouldn’t have been there, as a non-religious person, but I was humbled to have been allowed to be party to it.
And then, to top it all off, a beautiful sunny day with an AMAZING view (though no Eiffel Tower - I think it is too far round, or behind the trees) with a busker playing the harp. The total cerises on the gateau!
Located in the outskirts of Paris, it offers a beautiful view of the city, provided it’s not foggy. However, you can barely see anything because they’re too far, and Eiffel is on the other side of the hill.
The church itself was beautiful and rich in history. Worth the distance.
This is a beautiful church, with stunning architecture. It looks absolutley stunning at night. There are a lot of steps to get to it, if i remember rightly. There are a few shops next to it that seem very traditional. I felt very welcomed and relaxed in this part of Paris.
The Sacre Coeur is yet another must see sight when in Paris. Not only is the structure itself amazing, but from that height, you also get a brilliant view of Paris (this comes at a price though, you either need to walk to get up there, or I think you can take the funicular - that was never an option to me though as I also liked the atmosphere and the surroundings on the way up - provides the full picture rather than a snapshot).
Being an athiest, I was not too fussed about going inside or not, however, I decided to go and look at the mosaics at least and that decision paid off well.
One of the best views in Paris. Stunning panoramic views to be had from the top of the church.
I climbed the steps up to the top of the hill from Montmartre, although there is a trail/car thing that runs up to save your legs if you like.
The inside of the church is stunning, both architecturally and the decor.
Definitely a must visit in Paris, and one of Paris’s most stunning buildings.
Forget the Eiffel tour! This is the real tourist delight in Paris. Its more than just a building. The panoramic views of Paris from the hill are just awesome, and its nice to be able to get such a view without taking the lift up to the top of a huge building. The cobbled streets nearby are nice and the square with all the painters in is worth a look too.
Getting to Sacre-Coeur is an adventure. The neighborhood of Montmartre is very exciting and sometimes a bit sketchy.
At the base of the basilica are crepe vendors and artists that want to draw your picture.
I climbed the steps to get to the dome. The top of the dome is open to tourists and affords a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Paris.
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knibbd, 9 January 2009:
This is a total must see when going to paris. It really is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Set upon a hill you must walk up alot of steps to get to it but this is OK because you can keep stopping to catch your breath and take in the amazing view.
Must warn summer visitors that you must be covered up to go inside, they wont let you go in with only a vest top. I had to put a jumper on. All the same it was well worth it, the inside of the sacre coeur is unlike anything else I have ever seen.
It is also worth going to the area around the back where there are many artists selling their work, nice to see even if you dont intend to buy. The only thing that spoils it it that it is buzzing with people out to make money from tourists. When I was there a man came up to me and started making a friendship bracelet around my wrist. I couldnt stop him so I had to pay him for the bracelet. So keep an eye out for this.
Whether you are religious or not the Sacre Cœur is one of the highlights of Paris. To get to it you can walk up loads of steps however if you are not feeling that energetic there is a funicular that is the same price as one metro ride and on the same ticket system. The church is on the top of a hill and so when you get there you have one of the best views of the city. The church itself is an impressive building, which is free to enter and look around. To see all of the church it will probably only take an hour and going at night can be quite nice.
This is Paris to me. On a sunny evening the steps at the front are full of people sat looking over the Paris skyline. There are musicians strumming guitars and there is an air of peacefulness. Inside the church is quite beautiful, and sometimes there are choirs practising. A lovely way to end the day and watch a sunset
This is truly the Grand Dame of all holy buildings in Paris, IMHO. After visiting the other famous cathedrals and churches, we were still BLOWN AWAY by the majesty and beauty of Sacre Coeur.
I really advise at least a half-day in the Monmarte area. Walk the tiny streets lined with shops. There are many original artisans who have small boutiques - in addition to the regular touristy items. Find a cafe to enjoy a glass of wine or coffee, or enjoy a cheese sandwich (I saw one that appeared to have a bleu cheese, camembert and goat cheese mix on it!) on French bread.
Take the funiculaire up to the basilica. Enjoy the street musicians on the steps, and the crowds of young (and old) lovers kissing on the steps. Make the walk to the top of the basilica for an AMAZING view, then walk all the way back down to the catacombs.
This was a very relaxing, very inexpensive and very magical day for us.
A very stunning basilique with one of the best views of Paris but it’s quite a walk up if Paris is it’s usual stuffy self and is always heaving with tourists, and I mean heaving, so watch out for your purse. Inside it’s lovely. If you go up on a night the area is filled with students all smoking cannabis
I prefer the Sacre Coeur to Notre Dame, although it is not as famous. It is situated in Montmartre, somewhat out of the way and in the artistic quarter of Paris, so is not quite so touristy. However, it is a stunning white building that dominates the surroundings and when you eventually get to the top of the steps you get fantasic views of the area. You can go into the Basilica itself and visit the crypt for free and it is not very expensive if you want to go right to the top of the dome. There is a funicular railway that is also an enjoyable experience and wandering around the narrow streets nearby gives you a sense of how the artists used to live.
Visited some years ago now, but I doubt much has changed in the meantime. Spent the weekend walking around all the sites of Paris and this one is a must. Not only is the building wonderful both inside and out, but the view looking out over Paris is fantastic. Walking to the Sacre-Coeur is perfectly achievable, but understandably uphill all the way. Well worth the effort though.
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