The Basilique du Sacré-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is one of the great Paris landmarks, its domes gleaming high above the city on the Butte Montmartre.After France's defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the repression of the Commune (1871) the Catholics of France vowed to erect a church on the hill of Montmartre as a symbol of contrition and hope.
Official site: www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com
Address: 35 rue de Chevalier de la Barre, F-75018 Paris, France
Opening hours: 6:45am-11pm
Entrance fee: FREE, Group discounts FREE
Useful tips: The crypt closes before the church. Photography prohibited. Entrance to the Basilica is free. Admission charge for Dome and crypt.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Guides: Guided tour included with admission.
Facilities: Gift shop
Transit: Metro: Anvers, Abbesses; Bus: 30, 54, 80, 85, Montmartrobus (55)
Place du Tertre
The Place du Tertre, the old village square in Montmartre, surrounded by cafes and restaurants, is, after the Sacré Coeur, one of Paris's most popular sights. Painters, portraitists and caricaturists of all nationalities display their wares and offer their services - though their work has usually less to do with art than with the souvenir trade.The low 18th century houses round the square, including the old mairie of 1790 at No. 3, form a picturesque backdrop to the hustle and bustle of tourists which carries on throughout the year.
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