Photo of the Sacré Coeur by Nam Palmero on Flickr.
The Sacré Coeur is the majestic crown of Montmartre.
A 19th century Roman Catholic basilica constructed over the course of 39 years, the Sacré Coeur draws many crowds for its domed, whitewashed travertine architecture, top-of-the-world views of Paris, and broad green lawn on the hilltop.
To reach the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre’s hilltop, climb the stairs, take the funicular at Abbess, or take the Montmartre bus. On the way down, you can board the small Montmartre train.
If you are able, we recommend the stairs—if only for the sense of accomplishment you feel as you catch your breath while surveying all of Paris from its highest point. This does, however, involve 200 spiraling, narrow steps and a cost of about 6 euro.