Montmartre and Sacre Coeur Basilica With Private Guide
- Sacre Coeur Basilica: Roman-Byzantine influences are obvious in the architecture of the basilica with its pendentive domes that intersect with the supporting arches. The structure is built of travertine, which excretes calcite to keep Sacre Coeur bright white despite environmental elements and pollution.
- Montmartre: Sacre Coeur sits atop this impressive hill, which is surrounded by a historic district. Many reputable artists lived and worked in Montmartre during the years 1870-1914, and the quarter’s charm stays true to the Belle Époque era in France.
- Place du Tertre: A quick walk from Sacre Coeur, this bustling square comes alive in early morning as artists and craftspeople set up their easels and booths. The Place du Tertre is an open air art gallery, just as it was when Picasso exhibited there.
About this Paris tour
As you marvel at the beauty and magnitude of the Sacre Coeur, it may surprise you to know that the Basilica was built as a punishment to the people of France. The French armies had just suffered a tragic defeat in the Franco-Prussian War, and Bishop Fournier of Paris blamed the loss on a century of moral decline that had set in following the French Revolution.
But if the kind Bishop had a crystal ball to see the future of Montmartre and the surrounding Quartier Pigalle, he’d know the true meaning of moral debauchery. The district is a destination for tourists seeking to experience the racy side of Paris nightlife and it’s not for the timid. Quartier Pigalle is home to numerous adult theaters and other performance venues – not to mention the famous Moulin Rouge, the cabaret that has inspired countless poems, artwork, songs, musicals and movies.
The area south of Quartier Pigalle is a more modest destination for those not in the mood for the lewd and lascivious. Music enthusiasts will love strolling through the shops featuring musical instruments and equipment, including guitars, drums and accessories.
The First Bishop of Paris
At the top of Montmartre, in Square Suzanne Buisson, you can see a statue of Saint Denis with his head held in his hands … literally. The First Bishop of Paris was decapitated by the Romans in 250 AD, inspiring an epic legend. As the story goes, Saint Denis was sentenced to crucifixion atop Montmartre, but the soldier escorting him to the site became bored along the way and decided to get sword-happy instead. This troubled Saint Denis, who wanted to die like Jesus. Dismayed, he picked up his head and continued his journey to the summit, where he eventually died. His head rolled down the hill when he dropped to the ground, to the spot where the Cathedral of Saint Denis was built – a few miles away.
Please meet your GoBe guide outside the exit of the Metro station at Place des Abesses, near the Manege, Montmartre. Your guide will be holding a GoBe sign or your name.
One guide for up to 15 people. Select 1 guide at check-out for your private group
This is an outside walking tour so please be prepared for weather changes.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Plan to be standing and walking for 3 hours. If your mobility is limited, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Private Tour
French, English, German, Russian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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