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.
Pay no attention to the detractors on these boards...This sight is by far the best the best in Paris...
Grab a ham and butter sandwhich and Solero bar from one on the cafes in Montmartre, then picnic on the steps...
Enjoy the locals instead of complaining about them!!! Who wants to travel halfway around the world and still be surrounded by Americans?
If you value cleanliness and safety, don't even bother visiting this site. Our afternoon started by getting off the metro about 2 blocks away from Sacre-Coeur. BIG mistake... the neighborhood was flithy and frankly scary. We finally arrived and climbed lots of steps to come upon the monument. It was breathtaking! That impression was short lived when we almost got kicked in the head by locals playing soccer on the terraces in front. As we surveyed the people in the area our impression continued to drop. While there were a few tourists, the majority of people were dissheveled and drinking from brown paper bags. Homeless was the first thing that came to mind, not romantic sunsets over Paris. We took a couple photos and jetted down the overgrown winding paths littered with bottles and condoms. I would completely mark this monument off the list of places to visit. Just buy a postcard and view it from a distance atop one of the many high-rise structures in Paris.
What I loved about the Basilique du Sacr� Coeur is that first you have an amazing view of Paris but also because the architecture of the Basilique is beautiful and different from what i visited while in Paris. I love the fact that to get to the Basilique you ahve to option to walk through Monmartre and go up the hill and all the stairs and once you finally get up there it feels like a reward of the intense walking.
it's better to go there at evening time. After midnight the illumination is shut off. From there you can see the Eiffel Tower which is illuminated every hour for 10 minutes. Young guys and girls sing songs in there with a guitar. Use funiculaire or you will be very tired when you get up there.
the cathedral is a very pretty sight, it is sitted on top of a hill with long winding steps..after visiting the cathedral you can take a walk behind it and visit the latin quarter where you can buy souvenirs and paintings from the local artists...the bistros in the area are also a sight to visit where one can relax and get a refeshing drink and a meal....one has to visit this area...john
We atended mass, and were treated to exquisite music. Views over the city are terrific, and wandering Montmartre afterwards was a kick. Go home before sunset, stay on main drag to avoid aggressive street peddlers - or walkers if you make a wrong turn...
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