The Basilica of The Sacred Heart of Paris
By Ana Torres |
Van Gogh, Gaugin and Toulouse-Lautrec inhabited the houses-workshops in Montmartre where you’ll find the Sacré Coeur basilica.
Paris is a consecrated destination due to the international fame of all its touristic attractions; however, the spirit of the Belle époque also embraces other corners beyond the Seine. That’s why today we want to invite you to visit a Parisian nineteenth century neighborhood, home of artists and of the Princess of Paris, that is, the Sacré Coeur basilica.
HOW TO GET TO SACRÉ COEUR OF MONTMARTRE
The journey begins near Anvers subway station, line 2. It’s best to get there approximately at 10 a.m., when the local stores open. Wear comfortable clothes, depending on the season, and have your camera ready. Once outside, cross Blvd. Rochechouart and follow Rue de Clignancourt until you reach the corner with Rue Muller. At the end of this brief walk, you will find yourself standing before the majestic stairs that, step-by-step, lead to the entrance of the Sacré Coeur.
HISTORY OF THE BASILICA OF THE SACRED HEART
This church was built in 1919, it has a Latin cross plan and its architecture is a fine reminder of the traditional Byzantine period. Outside the building, you’ll be able to appreciate the magnificence of its white cupules, the perfect scenery for a picture in one of the highest locations in Paris. You can reach the building by cable car or on foot. We recommend that you do it on foot so that you don’t miss the opportunity to admire the plant stands and enjoy the performances by musicians who play different instruments on the landings.
Once you reach the top, stop for a moment and look around. You are standing at 500 meters (1640 ft.) above the city! At your feet, the view is simply spectacular. And best of all: before noon you can watch the sun shining over the classical architecture of Paris.
SACRE COEUR OPENING HOURS
The church is open until 23h, so you have enough time to enjoy every detail of the façade and then go inside to be astonished by the mosaics submerged in an atmosphere of peace and surrounded by a slight scent of incense.
MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN MONTMARTRE
But the trip isn’t over just yet. Your visit to the Sacré Coeur will be immortalized uniquely if you head to the Main Square in Montmartre. On your way there you’ll be able to spot the commemorative plaques that remind the visitors of les artistes who inhabited the area including Van Gogh, Gaugin and Toulouse-Lautrec. Following their footsteps, different artists and painters who love to work in the open air have stayed in Montmartre, filling their canvasses with the tourists’ portraits and the scenes staged by the visitors. Therefore, you’ll be able to choose the artist of your preference and take with you a souvenir made in your own image.