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.
Great view of the city of course. Sacre-Coeur sits high on a hill overlooking Paris, the view is unobstructed because there are no sky scrapers in the city. Nearby the is the famous Montmarte, and if you want to walk a little further the Moulin Rouge.
The Sacre Couer- or Sacred Heart is breath- taking. The over look of the city streets is also worth the climb it will take to actually get you to this Basilique. You are rewarded when you do though with not only a view of scenic Paris but also if you choose to look around- an encounter with Montmartre. M is where many Parisian artists line the streets daily trying to sell work the little village is filled with cafes and french architecture as well.
We walked up the MILES of steps to the top. I recommend you only do this if you're in shape, it nearly ruined the rest of our(my) time in Paris. I was so stiff for 2 days after that I was unable to make the, much easier, climb to the top of Notre Damn the next day.
Not only do you have an awesome view of Paris itself from the grounds of the Basilique, but the inside is beautifully breath-taking, not dark and heavy like Notre Dame. I found myself renewed and refreshed after a quiet time of meditation in this sacred space. The only sight that I visited twice while in Paris!
Sacre Couer is interesting, but I wouldn't worry too much if you missed it. This site is not nearly as some others in Paris. If you are near Mont-Mart it is well worth a look though. It does make a good landmark if you get turned around in the narrow and winding streets of Paris and is usually even more visible than the Eiffel Tower.
High upon Montmartre, overlooking the city of Paris, sits the impressive Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. On a warm, sunny day one could spend hours sitting here and taking in the sights. The church itself is beautiful. Local artists and performers surround the area. A never ending festival.
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