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About Basilique du Sacre Coeur

The Basilique du Sacre Coeur is a significant cultural and religious landmark of Paris and marks the highest point of the city in the heart of Montmartre. It is a Catholic church devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, because of its beautiful basilica and vast views over Paris, it is also a popular tourist attraction. Musicians on the church steps, picnickers in the church grounds and the encompassing beauty creates a unique Parisian atmosphere any visitor must experience.

The dome is the most defining feature of the basilica, accessed by a 234-step spiralling stairway leading to a lookout of panoramas over the city, with flawless views up to 30 kilometres in any direction. Created in 1895, the bell in the tower of Sacre Coeur is the largest in the country and at 19 tonnes, it is one of the heaviest in the world. The ceiling mosaic inside the Church is also the largest in France at 480 metres squared and makes an impressive, colourful and captivating display. The exterior of the building is equally inspiring as it is made of travertine stone, which denies the weathering of city pollution and retains a clean white appearance.

Sacre Coeur lies at the summit of Montmartre Hill, so visitors can walk the iconic steps up to the church, take the Funicular cable car or ride the Montmartrobus to the top. The metro stations of Anvers and Abbesses are both at the bottom of the hill, and there is a nearby car park for drivers. Cars and coaches cannot traverse the winding pedestrianised streets to the entrance of the basilica.

The purpose behind the construction of the Basilique du Sacre Coeur was to celebrate the survival of Paris through the Franco-Prussian War, show devotion to God and condemn the sins of the city. The project was authorised in 1873, and Paul Abadie won the architect competition by designing a church true to Christian traditions yet standing in unique contrast to other French Romanesque buildings. Although construction ended in 1914, war delayed the official dedication of the basilica until 1919, when it was finally completed and additionally devoted to the French soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.

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Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur

Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur
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18th arrondissement - Montmartre, Paris
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Featuring views of Paris, this modern hotel is a short walk from Europe - Paris Metro. It has a fitness centre, as well as an express check-in and check-out feature, a hair salon and a rooftop terrace.

Hotel des Arts - Montmartre

Hotel des Arts - Montmartre
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Clignancourt, Paris
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Fabulous, 8.9
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Located in Paris, Hotel des Arts - Montmartre provides stylish, 3-star accommodation close to the Moulin Rouge. It also offers a safe, free Wi-Fi and room service.

Ibis Paris Montmartre 18eme Hotel

Ibis Paris Montmartre 18eme Hotel
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18th arrondissement - Montmartre, Paris
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Ibis Paris Montmartre 18eme Hotel offers modern accommodation in Paris and is within a 20-minute walk of Saint-Lazare Train Station. A short walk from the Moulin Rouge, it provides modern rooms equipped with a telephone and a private bathroom.

25hours Hotel Terminus Nord

25hours Hotel Terminus Nord
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10th arrondissement - Gare du Nord, Paris
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Good, 7.1
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A 10-minute walk from East Railway Station, 25hours Hotel Terminus Nord has a convenient location, making it an ideal place to stay when in Paris. The various facilities this modern hotel offers include 24-hour room service, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Libertel Gare Du Nord Suede

Libertel Gare Du Nord Suede
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10th arrondissement - Gare du Nord, Paris
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Opened in 1900, Libertel Gare du Nord Suede is set in Paris and offers laundry facilities, a safe and a 24-hour reception. It provides 3-star accommodation with air-conditioned rooms.

Avalon Hotel Paris Gare du Nord

Avalon Hotel Paris Gare du Nord
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10th arrondissement - Gare du Nord, Paris
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This modern hotel is located in 10th arrondissement - Gare du Nord, and offers free Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and an express check-in and check-out feature. It is surrounded by a range of nightlife spots and is moments on foot from Paris North Railway Station.

Le Regent Montmartre by Hiphophostels

Le Regent Montmartre by Hiphophostels
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9th arrondissement - Opera, Paris
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Good, 7.8
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Le Regent Montmartre by Hiphophostels is set in Paris and is a short walk from Paris North Railway Station. Those staying at the property can also enjoy free Wi-Fi.

Libertel Montmartre Opera

Libertel Montmartre Opera
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9th arrondissement - Opera, Paris
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Good, 7.9
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Libertel Montmartre Opera is located in Paris and offers free Wi-Fi. It is close to the Moulin Rouge, eateries and shops.

Modern Hotel Montmartre

Modern Hotel Montmartre
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18th arrondissement - Montmartre, Paris
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6.4
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Situated under a 10-minute stroll from Europe - Paris Metro, Modern Hotel Montmartre provides guests with a convenient base while in Paris. It is steps from the Moulin Rouge, eateries and nightlife options.

Vintage Paris Gare du Nord by Hiphophostels

Vintage Paris Gare du Nord by Hiphophostels
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9th arrondissement - Opera, Paris
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Situated only a five-minute walk from Anvers Metro Station, Vintage Paris Gare du Nord by Hiphophostels provides guests with an ideal base while in Paris. Rooms are air conditioned and a wireless internet connection is provided free of charge.

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