France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Dome of Sacré-Coeur, Paris, France
Sacré-Coeur is visible from all over Paris, and climbing up the dome gives wonderful views of the city.





Paris is a city that offers a variety of wonderful places to enjoy great views across the city. Climbing up the dome of Sacré-Coeur, in Montmartre, is fun and rewards you with multiple views in many directions.

View from Sacre-Coeur, Paris
Paris is laid out in front of you like a 3-D map, while climbing up the dome.

But be prepared! You'll be climbing up (and then later down) 300 steps (no elevator option). Some of the stairs are in enclosed spiral staircases, others are outside in the elements. Some are very narrow, and many have been worn down by lots of traffic. So choose a dry day for your visit, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes!

Stairs, Sacre-Coeur, Paris
Some of the steep, narrow stairs you'll climb going up the dome of Sacre-Coeur.

Access to the dome is to the left of the main entrance, and you may have to wait in line before you buy your ticket and clear security. But then you're off, stopping along the way to enjoy the views and admire the architecture. It's great fun to see the detail of the various towers, and to be right up surrounded by all the beautiful white stone.

Note that although there is no admission fee for the basilica, there is a fee to climb the dome.

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View from Sacre-Coeur, Paris

Above, Looking down on the parvis and stairs in front of Sacré-Coeur. That might look like a lot of people, but there are often many more down there!





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