Introducing… the Sacré-Cœur

Introducing… the Sacré-Cœur

Welcome to the latest in our Introducing series, where we give you an insight into the best-known landmarks in the city and a few fascinating facts before you visit. What trip to Paris for a French course at Accord language school would be complete without sitting on the stairs in front of the Sacré-Cœur and gazing out at the fabulous views of the French capital? Do you want to find out more about the basilica behind you? Read on!

Fast facts
Work on the Sacré-Cœur began in 1875 and went on for 39 years. Why did it take so long? Because it was funded by Parisians, private donations and parishes around the country, so it took a while to amass the funds they needed to build the basilica. World War I stopped it being consecrated immediately after completion so that had to wait until 1919. It is the second most visited church in Paris after Notre-Dame and the second highest point after the Eiffel Tower. As you may have guessed from the name, the Sacré-Cœur honours the “sacred heart” of Jesus Christ, his love for mankind and the sacrifice he made.

Size matters
The Sacré-Cœur is home to two larger-than-life features: a mosaic and a bell. Let’s take a look at the mosaic covering the apse ceiling first: it depicts Christ with his arms outstretched in a white robe. He has a gold heart (a sacred heart) and is surrounded by worshippers and angels. It’s the biggest mosaic in France and one of the biggest mosaics in the world at 475 square metres. Next up is the bell: again, it’s one of the largest in the world. It measures 3m in diameter, weighs 3 tons and a team of 28 horses were called in to haul it up to the basilica. Known as La Savoyarde, it is only rung for special occasions (Easter, Christmas etc.) and as you’d expect from something so big, you can hear it from 10km away when it tolls!

Silent night
The Sacré-Cœur doesn’t sleep when its doors close. It has hosted an uninterrupted silent prayer every night since 1885 known as the Night Adoration. Even the wars and Covid couldn’t stop it! For a small contribution, you can experience it for yourself as long as you register (48 hour advance booking advised due to limited availability). On top of that, if you join the Night Adoration for at least an hour then you can spend the night in the basilica. Once you’ve registered, you have access to the dormitory where you can sleep until a nun wakes you up to join in the night prayer. How many people can say they spent the night in one of the most famous churches in the world?!

Now you know a few interesting facts about the Sacré-Cœur, it’s time to visit it! It’s only a half hour ride on the metro or a lovely 1.5 hr walk from Accord language school after all. You can visit it for free although you need to pay to visit the crypt (3 euros) and dome (6 euros). And don’t forget that this is a place of worship where no photos are allowed… so you’ll have to buy a postcard or two!

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How to get to the ACCORD Tour Eiffel school:

  • by Métro (underground/subway)
    Nearest stations: La Motte-Picquet Grenelle (lines 6, 8 and 10) and Dupleix (line 6)
    Other stations: Ecole Militaire (line 8), Bir-Hakeim (line 6)
  • by Bus: line no. 86 (Champ de Mars), line no. 82 (bus stops: Champ de Mars – Suffren, and/or Général Detrie), line no. 42 (bus stop: Desaix and/or Champ de Mars – Suffren)



Semi-Intensive French Courses in France

Semi-Intensive French Courses in France

Our Semi-Intensive French Courses for adults are programs covering all aspects of the oral and written French language. We offer an AM1 morning semi-intensive course of 15h/week as well as a PM1 afternoon course of 15h/week too.

The main difference between the two courses is that the PM1 afternoon semi-intensive French course combines 3 afternoon classes dedicated to ‘Written French & Grammar’, and 2 afternoon classes dedicated to ‘Oral Communication/ French Culture and Civilisation’.

The other difference between the two semi-intensive courses is… the price:
– the AM1 morning course is 350 euro for 1 to 4 weeks course (2023 price)
the PM1 afternoon course is 250 euro for a 1 to 4 weeks course (2023 price)

If you plan to come to Paris for a longer stay than 4 weeks, the 2023 prices of the PM1 course are:
230 euro/week for 5 to 8 weeks
210 euro/week for 9 to 12 weeks
200 euro/week for 13 to 24 weeks
190 euro/week for 25+ weeks

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At ACCORD Paris, join a high quality French course at a cheap price!

Have a look at both semi-intensive courses here:
AM1 morning course
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Semi-Intensive French Courses in our French school in Paris, near the Eiffel Tower, will allow you to progress very quickly and take the time to discover the most beautiful French city called the “city of light”.

Our Semi-Intensive French Courses will offer you a high quality linguistic immersion program that will help you to progress quickly in French.

ACCORD Paris key points:

  • No hidden fees! The fees of the Semi-Intensive French Courses PM1 and AM1 include level testing, teaching materials and end of course certificate!
  • ACCORD premises: Great location in the heart of Paris, nearby the Eiffel Tower.
  • Friendly and experienced teachers.
  • High quality school accredited by the official “Qualité FLE”. ACCORD French Language School in Paris is member of SOUFFLE and CAMPUS FRANCE. Founded in 1988, ACCORD Paris is one of the leading schools in France for teaching French to foreign students and offering high quality French language courses in Paris.

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A French language school in France, in the “city of light”, Paris
The ACCORD Paris “boutique” school is in a great location, at walking distance from the Eiffel Tower, with excellent facilities, friendly and experienced teachers and staff.
Address: 3bis rue Jean-Pierre Bloch, 75015 Paris, France

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– Do I need a visa to learn French in France?
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