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One of the best known and most popular attractions in Paris is the Montmartre Hill with Sacre Coeur Basilica on the top. There is a funicular that can take you to the top and it has been there for very long time – it was first opened in 1900 and completely rebuilt two times since that time (in 1935 and 1991).
Montmartre Funicular, looking towards the lower station.
Montmartre Funicular, looking towards the upper station. A single trip takes about 1.5 minutes. Track distance is only 108 metres and the difference in elevation is 36 metres.
Montmartre Funicular cabin. There are two cabins and, unlike many other funiculars, each cabin has its own system of cables (like an elevator). Therefore, if one cabin is out of operation for technical problems or maintenance, the other can still carry passengers normally.
The lower station of Montmartre Funicular is situated between the Place Saint-Pierre and the Place Suzanne-Valadon.
Here you can see the upper station of the funicular. The top of Sacre Coeur is visible above the station.
Montmartre Funicular upper station with a cabin.
The entrance to Montmartre Funicular upper station near Sacre Coeur. The stations were designed by Francois Deslaugiers.
If you don’t want to take the funicular, there are stairs immediately next to the tracks. Officially it is a street (Rue Foyatier), but in reality it is several sets of stairs (220 stairs in total).
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