The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris or Sacré-Cœur is a catholic church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This church provides spectacular views of Paris and offers a great look inside. Sacré-Cœur is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. A law of public utility was passed to seize land at the summit of Montmartre for the construction of the basilica.
The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was originally designed by Paul Abadie and construction on the Basilica began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919. Paul Abadie was chosen as the lead architect over 77 other contestants who entered.
The design of Sacré Cœur‘ originally was inspired on September 4, 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier who attributed the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 to a divine punishment after “a century of moral decline” since the French Revolution.
Planning a visit to the Sacré-Cœur in Paris? Here’s the info you’ll need:
HOURS OF OPERATION
Every Day from 6:00am – 10:30pm