Sacre Coeur – 2/7/2016

The Sacre Coeur a Roman Catholic church located on the hill of Monmarte, the highest point in Paris.  Construction of the church began in 1875 and was completed in 1914.

Prior to the Sacre Coeur there was a benedictine abbey, during the French revolution the nuns of the Abbey were executed and the Abbey destroyed.  In 1870 a war broke out between France and Germany. which Germany won. Alexandre Legentil and Hubert Rohault de Fleury vowed to build a church dedicated to the Sacred Heart as penance for sins committed and the misery of the French people. Paul Abadie designed the Basilica and six other architects helped him make the buildings.

In 1923, a 475 square meter Mosaic of Christ in Glory by Olivier Merson, H. M. Magne and R. Martin, one of the largest mosaics in the world, was unveiled. It shows Christ, in white cloth, with his arms out and revealing a gold heart, around him there are saints who protect France, the Virgin Mary and Saint Michael along with Saint Joan of Arc.

After dinner in Monmartre we walked around this beautiful church and watched street performers.

The Sacre Coeur, inside and outside.

Tourist Information for the Sacre Coeur

Opening Hours:

  • The Bascilica is open 6 am – 10.30 pm
  • The Dome, accessed on the outside of the Bascillica is open 8.30 am – 8 pm (May – September) and 9 am 0 5 pm (October to April)  There is no lift so if you want to go to the dome you have to climb the 300 steps.


Entrance is free, there are no guided tours but you can download a free audio guide from the website.  There is a guidebook available in English and a few other languages for €5.  At the reception desk there is a sister available, except on Mondays to answer any questions you may have.


Researched and Written by Ava, Photos by mum

Last updated January 2018

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