High on a hill above Paris sits the picture-perfect village of Montmartre…
Though the Eiffel Tower usually gets top billing as THE definitive sight to see in Paris, following close behind is the spectacular Sacré-Coeur basilica.
Built as a memorial to the 58,000 French soldiers killed during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, the basilica has been drawing crowds since it was completed in 1923. With sweeping views of Paris and a unique beauty that leaves quite an impression it’s not a surprise!
For the best views (and the smallest crowds) aim to get there early in the day. The closest Metro station is Abbesses and there are clear, posted signs leading the way to the steps and funicular. The cable railway provides an easy journey to the top but if you’re feeling up to it I’d highly recommend taking the steps instead (all 222 of them). It’ll get your heart pumping, will save you Euros and make the view from the top all the more satisfying!
Once you’ve looked your fill of the view (and the growing crowds become too much) wander around towards the back of the basilica and into the warren of streets that make Montmartre so special.
Shoes: Nike | Jeans: Ridley Skinny with ripped knees (ASOS) | Coat: M&S | Scarf: Chapters Indigo | Bag: Kate Spade.
We started at the top and worked our way down, stopping for breakfast (pastries, of course. #WhenInParis!) before pausing one final time to marvel at the basilica’s beauty (even when the sky is turning more ominous by the moment…).
I’ve been to Paris before but this was the first time I’ve seen Sacré-Coeur up close – it was definitely worth the wait!