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Last Updated on 13th April 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

First off: DON’T PANIC! This clever illusion is simply a trick of the camera. You may have seen the sinking house in Paris how on Facebook or Instagram and wondered how and where to find it (I know I definitely did)! Paris’ sinking house may well be the coolest optical illusion the city has to offer…

Along with sites like the petite ceinture (Paris’ hidden railway), the sinking house is a less well-known location that’s not to be missed on any visit to the city of lights.

Directions: a.k.a. where to find the sinking house in Paris!

For months, I wandered around the city, camera in hand, trying to find the sinking house in Paris. With a little luck, I eventually found it (and obviously it had been right in front of my eyes the entire time). Here’s a detailed set of instructions on how to find it:

First up, the sinking house is in Montmartre right next to the Sacre Coeur. The closest metro is Anvers, metro line 2, dark blue line and the uphill walk is around 8-10 minutes. A step-free walk is also possible if you take the funicular to the Sacre-Coeur Plateau- a 2-3 minute walk from the Metro station of Anvers.

When walking up the final set of steps to get to the Sacre- Coeur, on your right-hand side, there will be a bank of grass. Behind this, is the sinking house in Paris. It’s hard to miss because it’s a dark orange creamy colour and the only house visible from this set of stairs.

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Taking the Photo

When I first saw the sinking house on Instagram, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes, how could this be real?! Quite simply, the illusion is so simple that it’s easy to make and is a great holiday snap to bring home and show your family and friends.

When you get to the final set of steps leading up to the Sacre Coeur, walk to the middle and on the right-hand side when facing the basilica, you’ll see the shot! After taking your photo, tilt your picture to the left so that the bank of grass is level in the photo and Voila! The perfect picture!


  • To make the shot a little more interesting, you could try and add people or objects onto to the grass bank.
  • If you go early in the morning, there will be less tourists and you’ll have the place almost to yourself.
  • If you go at sunset, not only will the house be glowing orange, but you’ll also have one of the best views over the city.


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About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


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