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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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