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Basilique de Sacre Coeur on Montmartre

February 6th, 2009 by paris

While a bit of a trek from other tourist hot spots including the Seine, the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower, the Montmartre district is still most deserving of a visit. Steeped in history and featuring a beautiful hilltop view of the city, Montmartre offers much to see and do. Hail a cab or take the Metro, or Montmartre funicular (with the same Metro ticket) as it is likely too far of a walk.

Be sure to check out the many affordable shops featuring unique gifts at the foot of Montmartre hill as well as those lining the streets leading to the top. Once you reach the top of the hill, you’ll find the beautiful church known as the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. Inside, the Basilique is very lovely with an absolutely gorgeous mosaic ceiling.

Once hunger strikes, there is a charming and very delicious restaurant just around the corner known as L’Ete en Pente Douce. It is located at 23 Rue Muller. This cozy bistro features indoor and outdoor seating and is quite affordable. Try the veal stew type dish or the goat cheese and roasted fig salad. Alternately the steps to the Basilica make a great spot for picnic lunch, should you pack one.

After you’ve dined, head back to Sacre-Coeur and pay a quick visit to the crypt that lies underneath the Basilica. The best part? Visiting the crypt is free. If you find yourself in Paris during warm months, you’ll discover an added bonus. The crypt is quite cool, so it’s a great place to beat the heat.

Interesting points to note

Free Entrance to Basilique du Sacre-Coeur and the crypt

You are not allowed to photograph or video in side the church.

Lovely Sunday service and Christmas service

Great and cheap food around the area

Great ice cream (large portions – very cheap) just behind the church on the hill

Great and cheap boulangerie (bakery) at the bottom of the hill

Very close to Gare du Nord station

Lots of little cafes and little restaurants

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