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.
Sacre Coeur and the rest of the 18th arrondisement is my favorite area of the city. The views are spectacular, the people are friendly. The climb to the Basilica is one of the things that makes the reward that much greater and with the Abesses Metro station only a few blocks away and the Funiculaire even that is minimized. Looking over the city from the steps of the Basilica or even better, from the dome is breathtaking with the gems of the city glistening in the sun, the Musee d'Orsay, Tour d'Eiffel, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the ribbon of the Seaine winding through the city.I've been there in all seasons of the year and have never been disappointed. Go and have a Parisian experience, not just the tourist destination, but enjoy talking to the people and feeling the life of this place.
We saw a sign that offered what I mistranslated as a tour of the cripts in the basement. Instead it was an oppertunity to go from the very base of the beautiful cathedrale with it's intimate worship area and the osseris--saints bones to the very roof overlooking the City. Magificent! worth the climb and the euros.
We went back for another look and made our farwell petit dejeuner from the steps in front.
i really liked this place. its name has something to do with a sacred heart.. i wonder who's.... hmm wouldnt that be funny if you re just walking around in there and you found a heart? yeah so back to the topic i really enjoyed/wouldn't mind going back/recomend it
I have 6 hours to spend in Paris with my daughter, where do we start and end?
By A Yahoo Contributor, 12/12/06
We are going to be in Paris for 6 hours and we would like to do some sightseeing.
Can anyone tell me the productive way of doing it? We just want to see the Eifell tower, Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur.
So which is a better way of starting and ending and can we walk from one place to another?
If you ever visit Paris, do not forget to see the Sacre Coeur Basilique on top of the Montmarte. One of the most beautiful basiliques I have ever seen. Full of candle light and a very relaxing atmosphere. If you have a chance, try to attend a worship or listen to the singing nuns.
That's what I thought about this basilica, the highest point in Paris. But I think that about many churches who now, due to financial crises, must open themselves up to being tourist attraction instead of houses of spirituality. A nice respite.
I lived in Paris for 2 years, not too far from the Sacre Coeur. Each night, we would take a walk from our apartment up the stairs to one of the most beautiful sites...Sacre Coeur standing tall and proud above the Paris skyline. The Eiffel Tower to our right in the distance. It is one of the most beautiful views that you can hope to see in your lifetime. When you are finished admiring the view, explore the basilica, then walk around place du Tertre, admire the artists at work, buy a chocolate crepe and some souvenirs. You will never forget this wonderful site, trust me.
The Basilique du Sacre-Coeur was spectacular! The neighborhood surrounding it was my favorite. There are a lot of little shops and restaurants and the people are very friendly there. Surrounding the Sacre Coeur there are a lot of street artists who want to sketch you...let one of them. The drawings are great and very lifelike, it's one of those special treasures because they sketch the Sacre Coeur in the background. Plan to spend at least a few hours up there and eat there too! Try to make it a little before sunset because you can see all of Paris from the hill the Sacre Coeur sits on and it's amazing!
Everytime we visit Paris, Sacre-Coeur is always a highlight: on a bright Sunday morning, there is nothing better than wandering around this area, and enjoying the views, the artists and the cafes! We never tire of this scene. Enjoy!
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