This Romano-Byzantine basilica overlooks Montmartre, one of Paris' most picturesque districts. Its distinctive dome rising up ... More
Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
This Romano-Byzantine basilica overlooks Montmartre, one of Paris' most picturesque districts. Its distinctive dome rising up over the rooftops, the basilica offers the perfect vantage point from which to survey the city. Inside, the mosaic of Christ and the crypt are of particular interest. Commissioned by the Catholic Church, construction began in 1875 under the watchful eye of architect Paul Abadie and was finally completed in 1914.
i can never forget this place. the atmosphere and especially the painters have stuck in my mind. the religious atmosphere and the especial area is something that can not be described easily. the only thing that i can say is that, i hope to visit paris especially this place again and walk in the streets and evoke the pleasant memory
Sacre Coeur, a gorgeous ivory tower with the city of Montmartre spread out at its feet like a picnic, will take your breath away. Inside is OK, but spend the extra euros to climb the narrow, dark, winding steps of the tower to the top of Sacre Coeur, where you'll come face to face with gargoyles, amazing sculpture, and a breathtaking view of all of Paris anchored by the Eiffel Tower.
I was very glad I was able to get to this spot. The village that is close by was a real treat as well.
They were doing lots of renovation work when I was there. There is a wonderful view from the steps of Paris
Positives - It is extremely beautiful. Best, of course, in good weather with strong light. You can go all around the basilica for free. The tower is inexpensive (about 5 Euro) and is only essential if you love photography, architecture, and sightseeing. If you go inside during a service (be respectful!) the music is incredible. If you have a Carte Orange (metro pass) then the little train from Anvers is free.
Negatives - There is sometimes a festive, unchurched atmosphere in front. There were some stoned musicians and a really obnoxious drunk at our last visit. If the weather is crappy when you go to the tower visit, your pictures will be much less than you would want. The metro location (Anvers) is on line 2, which is extremely crowded and requires at least one transfer for nearly all visitors.
After climbing the steps to the Basilica, I was impressed with the view. Then by mistake, we took a turn down around the church to go into the Crypts, but we ended up climbing to the top of the tower and saw Paris surround us. It was worth the "fear of heights", along with the fear of climbing the spiral stairs without any rails! There is no turning back once you enter, so keep the faith and you are rewarded at the top! We had two days in Paris and I count this as my favorite! Even though I suffer with arthritis, I would do this over! Devine experience! People were wonderful to us! If I can make it, you can! Don't miss this!
It's abouletly beautiful. You can't beat the views of the city! One thing, there are a lot of street vendors and the place surrounding gets kind of shady after dark. So just be careful, but enjoy the beauty!
The best way to visit Paris is throu a Tour Guide. They offer Tours in Paris where the Arc de trumps and the eiffel tower is at. You can stop and look around when the bus stops and take a walk. After you finish walking another bus will come by and just show them you ticket stub and you can continue your tour. This is what i did and i visited every building and monuments paris had to offer. Hope this helps.
Loved the architecture, the grounds and the immediate peaceful feeling when I entered the church. Sadly, when I was there it rained and was cloudy so I missed the view of the city...but it enjoyed being there.
This was the most beautiful church I have ever seen. I liked Notre-Dame, but I don't understand why it's so famous and most people have never heard of Sacre-Coeur. I don't remember it costing anything to go inside. The only bad thing is that you are not allowed to take pictures and believe me, it's very tempting to break that rule. This is a must see when in Paris. I plan to go there every time I go there because it's just so amazing and unlike anything else.
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