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Our guesthouse team is available to explain the different options: meals, accommodation, mass, conferences, films… Do not hesitate to contact them well ahead to book the date of your stay and create your pilgrimage program:

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Filming is not usually permitted in the basilica, to respect the perpetual prayer taking place day and night before the exposed Blessed Sacrament.

However, for all your report projects, please submit your request to the following email address: communication@sacrecoeurdemontmartre.fr.

We will investigate your project feasibility.

Filming is possible outside the basilica gates without prior application to the Rector of the Basilica. However, authorization from the City of Paris and the Paris Police Headquarters (Préfecture) is required.


  • Mission Cinéma – Paris Film
    4, rue François Miron – 75004 Paris
    Phone: 01 44 54 19 60
    Email: tournages@paris.fr
  • Préfecture de Police de Paris (Paris Police Headquarters)
    Service des Prises de Vues (Shooting Department)
    9 boulevard du Palais – 75004 Paris


  • Photos are not allowed inside the basilica, especially in the nave to maintain the prayer atmosphere. Thank you for facilitating our supervisors’ work!
  • For a special authorization, please contact the Communication Department at the following email address: communication@sacrecoeurdemontmartre.fr
  • For non-commercial use, copyright-free photos are available from the basilica.


The use of the outside image of the Basilica falls under the City of Paris’ jurisdiction.

Department of Cultural Affairs and Press Service of the Paris City Hall: presse.service@paris.fr

It is also necessary to share any advertising project involving the basilica image, by using the following email address: communication@sacrecoeurdemontmartre.fr

The Rector can approve the use of the basilica image to the extent that it is respectful of the basilica and is without prejudice to religion.

High-resolution photos of the basilica are available for the press, tour guides, books, pilgrimage booklets, etc.

Please contact us for any request you may have in this respect!

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The Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur is not just another church: as a sanctuary, it is not a parish church. 


The Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur not being a parish church, no weddings are celebrated here. However, engaged and newly married couples usually like to participate together in an adoration night (accommodation included at our guesthouse), to entrust their love to Jesus’ Blessed Sacrament, in silence and in the peace of the night.


The Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur not being a parish church, no child baptism is celebrated here.
For locals, the nearest parish is Saint Pierre de Montmartre.
However, adults can prepare for Baptism at the Basilica Such preparation is referred to as the “Catechumenate”. It takes about 2 years, at the end of which the catechumens receive the three Sacraments of Christian initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist) during Easter night. Preparation is done with priests from the basilica and the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre.
You are not baptized? You did not receive your First Communion or Confirmation? You can receive a sacrament at any age! Do not hesitate to contact us at the following email address: basilique@sacrecoeurdemontmartre.fr
Or by phone: 01 53 41 89 00.

The mission of the basilica of the Sacré-Cœur is the perpetual (day and night) adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a silent prayer by nature. Therefore, there are no concerts in the basilica.

The Benedictine Sisters of the Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre are in charge of the liturgical animation of the Masses and Offices.


The mission of the basilica of the Sacré-Cœur is the perpetual (day and night) adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a silent prayer by nature. Therefore, there are no concerts in the basilica.

Still, the Great Organ of the basilica is an extraordinary instrument! Classified as a historical monument, only the titular organists of the basilica are authorized to access and play the Great Organ.

You can nevertheless hear the Great Organ on Fridays at the 11am, 3pm and 10pm masses, on Saturdays at the 11am, 6pm and 10pm masses, as well as during Sunday masses and 4pm Vespers.

We do not store any historical or cultural record at the basilica. Those are kept by the Archives services of the Diocese of Paris.

For any historical research, please contact the Archives Services of the diocese of Paris:

  • 4 rue de l’Asile-Popincourt
    75011 PARIS
    (Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 2-6pm, by appointment)
    Phone: 01 43 14 34 25
    Email: ahistoriques@diocese-paris.net
  • Also note the following reference book for historical and architectural questions:
    « Le Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre de 1870 à nos jours » (The Sacré-Cœur of Montmartre from 1870 to nowadays”)
    Father Jacques Benoist
    Collection Patrimoine
    Les éditions ouvrières (1992)

You can shop online thanks to our official Sacré-Coeur online shop! 

Sacré Cœur online store

Do you live far from Paris, abroad, or on the other side of the world? You cannot climb to Montmartre anymore due to your age or to health issues?

How is it possible, remotely, to pray and remain in spiritual communion with the life of the basilica? The Archconfraternity « Prayer and Penance » does not formally exist anymore, in the form of an official commitment.

Here are a few remote options to stay in prayer communion with the perpetual Eucharistic adoration at the basilica, to be more in union with the Heart of Christ and to intercede for the Church and the world:

  • Attend the Eucharist or participate in the Eucharistic adoration the first Friday of each month, where possible in your usual place of living.
  • The 3pm Solemn Mass on the first Friday of each month at the basilica is celebrated in union with, and for the intentions of, all the faithful who join in from a distance around the world.
  • Wherever possible, participate in the night adoration at the basilica (your preferred date and frequency, upon prior registration): once a year, for example.
  • Follow the celebrations or the Benedictine Sisters’ offices (Mid-day office at 12pm) live on KTO TV channel.
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Christmas Eve Schedule on December 24 is as follows:

  • 11pm: Christmas Vigil (sung)
  • Midnight: Midnight Christmas Mass

Due to the large attendance on Christmas Eve, it is recommended to arrive as early as 10pm for both Christmas Vigil and Midnight Mass on December 24, and about 30 minutes before the 11am and 6pm Masses on December 25. Seat reservation is not possible.

On December 25, Christmas Masses are celebrated at 7am, 11am, 6pm and 10pm, and Christmas Vespers at 4pm.

Every year, Easter Masses are celebrated at 7am, 11am, 6pm and 10pm, and Easter Vespers at 4pm. Due to the large attendance, it is recommended to arrive about 30 minutes before the 11am and 6pm Masses. Seat reservation is not possible.

Do not hesitate to have a look at the detailed schedule for Christmas and Holy Week celebrations in the AGENDA section of this website.

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