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Taking In The Best View Of Paris At The Sacre Coeur

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View from the Sacre Coeur via florianplag.

By Jessie Festa. Note: This post on Paris views contains affiliate links to trusted travel brands.

When visiting Paris, most travelers think of a few specific landmarks:

The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe.

While all these should be listed in every France travel guide, there is one place in particular that comes art, culture, history, religion, entertainment, and a beautiful Paris view.

This place is Sacre Coeur and is situated on the highest point in the city. Honestly, when enjoying some solo travel in Paris while traveling alone through France this was my absolute favorite place to hang out.

It’s also very easy to get to from anywhere in the city, so you can rent any one of the incredible vacation rentals in Paris without any second thoughts.

To get to Sacre Coeur you can take the metro line 2 to “Anvers”.

When stepping off the metro, you will immediately feel a change in the ambiance as compared to the other site regions. This area is edgier and is a combination of art mixed with red-light district.

Your first stop before making your journey should be to a liquor store or wine shop to pick up some vino or champagne to drink up on the hill of Sacre Coeur.

While there are wine shops near the Basilica Sacre Coeur, they are more expensive with less options. You should also pick up some picnic items, such as cheese, crackers, fruit, and meat to have a meal with your wine on the hill.

You will be able to see the Basilica from the bottom where you exit the metro, so just walk towards it, going uphill.

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The Basilica via Serge Melki.

The Basilica Sacre Coeur is the main site, positioned at the very top of a hill called Montmartre, which is also the name of the surrounding district. Montmartre in autumn is particularly lovely, though you really can’t go wrong any season you visit.

Designed by Paul Abadie in a Roman Byzantine style, Basilica Sacre Coeur is made of travertine which bleaches over time, giving the church a pristine sheen.

Tourists can go inside and make their way to the top dome for great photos and a spectacular Paris view.

Walking around the basilica, you will find a meditation garden and fountain, perfect if you would like to relax, write in your journal, or take some time to find your inner peace.

Continue walking to visit the many souvenir shops, making your way to the front lawn and steps of the basilica where you can almost always find singers, musicians, and other performers putting on a show for the crowd. Here, you can drink your wine, enjoy the entertainment, and take in a 360-degree Paris view.

This is a great place to watch the sunset.

A bonus to this area is that it is only a few streets away from Place du Tertre, an art hub where you can find paintings and caricatures galore.

The art region stems from a history that began in the beginning of the 20th century when many poor artists lived, worked, and frequented the area, including Pablo Picasso.

Have you visited the Sacre Coeur in Paris, France?

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About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is a New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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  1. SophieAdventures on at 12:07 pm

    Hey Jessie,
    I’m from Paris and I can tell you Montmartre is my favorite district of Paris, so charming!
    It’s great you had the opportunity to visit it.


    • jess2716 on at 5:22 pm

      @Sophie: It was amazing. Thank you!

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