THE SACRE-COEUR BASILICA IN MONTMARTRE
INWOOD HOTELS LOVES THE SACRE-COEUR BASILICA IN MONTMARTRE
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart is one of the emblematic places of the Montmartre district...
Erected in 1876 by national subscription, the church was consecrated in 1919. The architects, including Paul Abadie, winner of the competition announced for the construction of the basilica, chose to give the Sacred Heart a half-Roman, half-Byzantine style and to give it a particularly white color. Indeed, the 4 small domes and the large one are typically Byzantine.
The church is located at the top of the hill of Montmartre. This "hillock" is commonly called the "Mount of Martyrs" after believers who shed their blood for their faith.
If you wish to visit this place, you will have to climb 270 steps before arriving in front of the façade.
A BASILICA IN THE ROMAN-BYZANTINE STYLE
We strongly invite you to visit all the spaces of the church. The stained glass windows, mosaics, decorative elements and paintings are all of great beauty.
Being very large and full of history, we advise you to follow one of the thematic routes proposed by the basilica. You will be able to orient yourself according to the angels, animals, symbols, writings, characters, and prayers.
Inside the building, you can see on the ceiling a beautiful mosaic of the Choir measuring more than 480 m². It is the largest mosaic in the country!
We recommend you to go and have a look at the Savoyarde, a big bell of 19 tons, one of the heaviest of the world. But also to stop in front of the great organ built in 1898 and considered as one of the most remarkable in Europe.
To conclude your visit, we recommend that you climb up to the Dome, which rises to over 200 meters. We guarantee you an exceptional view of the entire capital. A 360° panoramic view... In terms of altitude, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica is just behind the Eiffel Tower!
To know: the Sacré-Coeur is a place of life and a place of faith on a daily basis, because a silent prayer is continuously made in the nave of the church, and that even during the night.
And if the Montmartre district seduced you, you have not far from the basilica the Place du Tertre, the Moulin Rouge cabaret, and the Abbesses district.