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If you choose to approach the church from below, it's around 100 steps, and if you want to climb up into the dome, it's another 270. Your reward for all that exercise is a stunning view of Paris. Full review →
It's hard to not feel as though you're ascending to heaven when you visit Sacred Heart Basilica, the white castle in the sky, perched atop Montmartre Full review →To avoid the steps, take the funicular, which costs one métro ticket each way.
Sacré-Coeur is one of Paris's most characteristic landmarks and has been the subject of much controversy. One Parisian called it "a lunatic's confectionery dream". Full review →
Sacred Heart Basilica was built from contributions pledged by Parisian Catholics as an act of contrition after the humiliating Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71. Full review →
After the catastrophe of 1870, a number of Catholics vowed to build a church consecrated to the Heart of Christ on the hill of Montmartre. Full review →