When most travelers think about Paris, they immediately think of it as the city of love. People dream about visiting the Eiffel Tower. They venture to the French city to tour the palace at Versailles, the Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame. However, many miss out on one of the city’s most underrated hidden gems. 

The Sinking House is a Parisian optical illusion wonder. Realistically the house isn’t sinking. However, a certain view from a hill in Paris gives the illusion that it’s sinking into the landscape. Today, social media has made the site more popular than in previous years. However, the house remains a jewel in the city of love worth checking out. Here’s everything you need to know about Paris’ sinking house and how to get the perfect photo when visiting the city.

The History Of The Sinking House

Known by locals as the Maison Bouffay, the sinking house was originally built from just wood and mortar. Architects constructed the house in 1843. However, over time it began settling into the hillside. Over time, it created the optical illusion that it was sinking into the ground. 

The sinking house is located in Montmartre near the Basilica of Sacré Coeur. There are plenty of exciting things to see in the neighborhood. However, many people seem to forget to capture the perfect moment at the sinking house. The optical illusion can be seen from a very particular spot on the hill as travelers ascend the final steps before reaching the Sacré Coeur. Off to the right-hand side, you’ll find the orange-patterned home. 

Visiting The Parisian Wonder

Some travelers say they’ve gone looking for the house in Paris and were unable to find it. It’s important to know where to look for the house when exploring the city of lights. The best way to get to the sinking house is by metro. According to travel blogger Solo Sophie, the best route is the Anvers, metro line 2, dark blue line which will take you straight to the Sacré Coeur.

Once you reach your stop, there’s a 10-minute walk uphill to reach the best viewing location. When you get to the right side of the basilica, tilt your phone to the side to capture the perfect angle of the sinking house. Visitors can’t enter the home. Yet, many travelers visit the hillside for the photo op.