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The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark and the second most visited monument in Paris, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.
The basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914. The basilica was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.
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Looking for things to do in Paris? Look no more! Sacre Coeur is a hill of 130 meters high with stunning views of the city and is part of Montmartre, one of Paris’s most popular neighborhoods, visited by millions of tourists every year. Located in the 18th arrondissement on the right bank of the river Seine, Montmartre is primarily known for the Basilica of the Sacre Coeur and its lively nightclub scene.
Many famous artists lived and worked in this area, to name a few: Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. At the end of the 19th century the Sacre Coeur hill in Montmartre became highly popular due to its free taxes and wine-making nuns, so it turned into a drinking destination and decadent entertainment until this very day. If you feel like a cabaret, or just want to visit the famous Moulin Rouge in the nearby Pigalle, it is advised to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment…
GET TO KNOW MONTMARTRE SACRE COEUR AREA IN PARIS
Montmarte is one of the most colorful places in Paris and as designated historic area, there is a restriction on development here so much of its original character and village charm has remained. You could easily spend a few hours walking around, or if you’re in the mood for some Paris culture, head over to the Musee Montmartre, where the artist Maurice Utrillo once resided and worked and you can also see the mansion that was occupied by Renoir. Some of the artists are buried nearby, so if you feel like paying them a visit, head over to the Montmartre Cemetery.
To get to the top of hill, you can get the funicular railroad or the Montmartre bus, which will take you to the major sights on the hill. Of course, the most popular landmark on the hill is the Basilica du Sacre Coeur, which dates back to the end of the 19th century and is visited by millions each year. Check out our travel video guides for more attractions and information.
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