Work on this enormous mock Romano-Byzantine edifice began in 1877. It was commissioned after the nation's defeat by Prussia in 1870, voted for by the Assemblée Nationale and built from public subscription. Finally completed in 1914, it was consecrated in 1919 - by which time a jumble of architects had succeeded Paul Abadie, winner of the original competition. The interior boasts lavish mosaics.
35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre
|Opening hours:||Basilica 6am-10.30pm daily. Crypt & dome Winter 10am-5.45pm daily. Summer 9am-6.45pm daily|
|Price:||free. Crypt & dome €5|
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Avoid the Sacre Couer! It's a nice sight in what seems to be the worst part of Paris. I was scammed here and there are heaps of intimidating looking guys hanging around ripping people off. I think the only way to get rid off this sort of thing is for people to stop going so these guys leave. They kept asking me for money and I was surrounded by three large guys who wouldn't leave me alone until I emptied my wallet. Avoid this place unless you want to get ripped off!