Sacré-Coeur Basilica is more than just a popular Parisian landmark. For many it’s a way of life

Overlooking the city from atop Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur is a must see stop for any educational tours visiting Paris. The Basilica itself is an architectural masterpiece, taking nearly forty years to build and standing as both a cultural and political touchstone marking victories and defeats in France’s history.

Standing high atop the highest point in the city, Sacré-Couer remains a shining white beacon despite the city’s modern day, pollutant filled atmosphere thanks to naturally occurring calcite found forming in the quarried rock that form the church’s walls.

Inside, students and teachers can find a massive mosaic entitled Christ in Majesty, which is one of the largest mosaic pieces of its kind in the entire world. Those wishing for an even more memorable experience can climb to the top of the basilica’s dome, which offers panoramic views of the entire city.

If the basilica is the crown jewel of Montmartre, then Place du Tertre is its beating heart. Famous for the multitudes of artists who set up shop at all hours, this illustrious square has been home to struggling artists for as long as anyone can remember (in fact, Picasso lived a few streets over for a while).

Street artists practicing numerous differing styles set up their easels and paint at all hours and students can find landscapes, cityscapes, portraits, caricatures side by side, perhaps even getting a chance to sit down and become a future master’s subject.

The Basilica and Place du Tertre are just a couple of the many intimate nooks littered about Montmartre, a must-stop visit for anyone looking to experience some of Paris’ patented magical atmosphere. So climb up the hill, buy a crepe, take in the sights, and enjoy an evening amongst the artists.

You won’t regret it.

Until next time,