Sacré-Coeur Basilica (Basilique du Sacré-Coeur)

Sacré-Coeur (pronounced sah kray kurr)is one of France’s most important Roman Catholic buildings. A basilica is another name for a church. The Basilica is based in Roman architecture and took over 40 years to build. (That’s more than it took to build the Parthenon but not as much as it took to build Notre-Dame!)

Sacré-Coeur means Sacred Heart in French and priests still pray here 24 hours a day since 1885.

The egg-shaped dome is the 2nd highest viewpoint in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. It can be reached via a spiral staircase outside to the left of the main Basilica entrance. Vistas can stretch as far as 30 miles on a clear day

Visit the Sacré-Coeur website for more details and you can download their free audio tour.

See also our Things To Do in Paris, France article!