The Sacré Coeur in Montmartre is one of the most visited places in the city of lights.
The Sacré Coeur is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus in Paris. A popular landmark, it is located at the summit of Montmartre - or 'Mount of martyrs', a place of worship itself - crowning the Bohemian centre of Paris with its grand white domes and archways.
The Basilica, originally designed by Paul Abadie and Romano-Byzantin in style, was inspired by churches like Saint Sofia in Constantinople or San Marco in Venice.
It is considered to be a double monument, both cultural and political: a national penance for the excesses of the Second Empire and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious commune, and an embodiment of the conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus.
Although built fairly recently (building began in 1876), the Sacré-Coeur Basilica looks from a distance like the illustration from an ancient fairy-tale. The church is frequently a subject for Parisian painters, and plays a starring role in street art.
Before entering the church, don’t miss the dazzling view looking out on all of Paris. Once inside, look for the incredible biblical mosaics throughout the church at the back of the altar and on the domed ceiling.
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Cover picture and picture n°4 - © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Jacques Lebar
Photo n°1 - © Paris Tourist Office - Photographe : Daniel Thierry
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