Sacre Coeur Basilica in Paris
Sights | 18.09.2019
Sacre Coeur Basilica or the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart is one of the places that are on the lists of attractions of all travelers who come to walk along the streets of Paris.
About basilica
The Basilica can be seen from almost anywhere in Paris. Sacre Coeur stands on top of the Montmartre hill, the most "Parisian" place of the city. The construction began in 1885 in memory of the victims of the Franco-Prussian war, and it was completed in 1923. The architectural style of the Basilica is still controversial. The construction was conceived in the Roman-Byzantine style, but due to the many changes Sacre Coeur acquired many elements of the Greco-Byzantine. The elements of the Gothic and Renaissance styles are also observed.

The Basilica is open from 6:00 AM to 10:30 PM, but the observation deck is open until 5:00 PM. You can get from the metro stations Jules Joffrin, Pigalle, Anvers, Abbesses and walk up to 272 steps or take the bus.
Do you know?
  • Sacre-Coeur always looks snow-white not because the temple is carefully looked after. It's all because of the rare limestone that was brought to Paris from the small town of Chateau Landon. The fact is that if contacted with water, a unique mineral acquires a white coating, thereby purifying itself from the dust and soot of the city. Therefore, Sacre Coeur always looks perfectly snow-white, and at sunset it acquires a pinkish tint. The Triumphal Arch is built from the same stone. The name of this interesting material is travertine.
  • Montmartre turned out to be too fragile for Sacre Coeur. For a long time, gypsum was mined under the hill, the foundation was pitted with pits and mines. Therefore, for such a large-scale construction, a strong foundation was needed. Montmartre was like an anthill with many moves and certainly did not inspire confidence. To build Sacre Coeur, it was necessary to dig more than 80 niches 35 meters deep, fill them with stone pylons, which became the beginning of the foundation of the Cathedral.
  • The fate of Sacre Coeur somewhat echoed the history of the Eiffel Tower. Many locals were skeptical of it, some believed that the cathedral did not fit the image of the city, especially because it rose above the panorama of Paris. By the way, before the construction of the tower, the cathedral was the highest point of the French capital.
Montmartre hill itself is one continued attraction. Here is the Moulin Rouge, the famous Saint-Eleuthere street and the Montmartre cemetery. As you know, in Paris, burial places should also be included in the lists of places to visit.
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