Basilique du Sacre Coeur (Paris, France) Reviews
Description:Sightseeing Type: Churches / Temples / Address: 35 rue du Chevalier de la Barre / Paris 18e / Tel: : 01 53 41 89 00 / ""The Sacré-Cœur Basilica (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, "Basilica of the Sacred Heart") is a Roman Catholic basilica and popular landmark ... more
Basilique du Sacre Coeur (Paris, France) ... in Paris, France, dedicated to the Sacred Heart. The basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre (Montmartre butte), the highest point in the city. The original idea of constructing a church dedicated to the Sacred Heart developed in France after the Franco-Prussian War (1870). Architect Paul Abadie designed the basilica after winning a competition over 77 other architects, but he died not long after the foundation had been laid, in 1884, and other architects continued with the work. The overall style of the structure shows heavy Romano-Byzantine influence. Many design elements of the basilica are based on nationalistic themes: the portico, with its three arches, is adorned by two equestrian statues of French national saints Joan of Arc and King Saint Louis IX, both executed in bronze by Lefebvre; and the nineteen-ton Savoyarde bell (one of the world's heaviest), cast in 1895 in Annecy, alludes to the annexation of Savoy in 1860.""
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by - written on 29/04/11, updated on 18/10/11 (Very useful, 181 readings)
The Sacre Coeur. The Sacre Coeur officially called the Basilica of the Sacred Heart ( of Christ) of Paris can be found at the Summit of Montmartre in Paris in the area St. Denis. If you are arriving by Euro star services into the Gard du Nord you will notice it on your way into Paris. It stands magnificently at the top of the hill 280 meters above sea level. It can be reached either by mounting the stairs in front of the Basilica or via a Funicular on the left hand side of the stairs and gardens for a small fee. Alternatively you can walk up the winding road ways or by car although there are only limited parking spaces available. The hill of ... Read the complete review
by - written on 19/04/01, updated on 19/04/01 (Very useful, 318 readings)
I've just been up to Montmartre to visit my friends new apartment/artist's atelier, and I was reminded of the glory and splendor that is a 20th century, concrete church that adorns the pinnacle of this limestone hill (425 feet high), Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart): Montmartre has a mythological religious beginning, way back in 250 AD, when the first bishop of Paris (St. Denis), was beheaded here with two other priests, Eleutherius and Rusticus. St Pierre de Montmartre, a small church at the base of Sacre-Coeur, is all that remains of a Benedictine Abbey that was founded here in 1134 (the facade was completely remodeled in the 18th Century). Two other ... Read the complete review
by - written on 16/12/05, updated on 16/12/05 (Very useful, 555 readings)
The Basilique du Sacre Coeur, a church of monumental architectural beauty and a symbol of religious wealth. Built on the hill of Montmartre above the City of Paris, this building and her fine white domes can be seen from almost everywhere within the city limits. Montmartre means mount of martyrs would you believe? So called because it was the place of martyrdom and some chap called Saint Denis, a bishop around the third century. It used to be a Benedictine Abbey until the barbaric French revolution when they guillotined all the nuns (sick) and destroyed the place leaving all the peasants to starve or fight for their survival. Interesting off topic piece of ... Read the complete review
by - written on 07/08/08 (Very useful, 80 readings)
Paris on a budget - The basilica of sacre coeur. On our recent holiday to Paris, we set out to take in the capital, but without spending a fortune. We were on a strict budget and tried to take in as much of the culture of one of Europes most beautiful cities. Our Little hotel was in the montmatre region of the capital. Montmartre literally means hill of martyrs and therefore was the only real choice for one of the most striking religous buildings in the world.The Basilica of Sacre Coeur is Montmartre's leading tourist attraction, and it's probably the most-visited church in Paris after the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Unfortunately, the steps leading up to the ... Read the complete review
by - written on 12/07/00, updated on 12/07/00 (Very useful, 53 readings)
Although as a church Notre Dame has it for me over Sacre Coeur any day, this setting has to be seen to be believed. Inspired apparently by the Taj Mahal, anything less like a Eurpoean cathedral you'd be pushed to find, however Sacre Coeur has become one of the most quintessential parisian landmarks. Standing on a hill, if you are very lucky you might get a close view of Sacre Coeur from the plane as you take off from Charles de Gaulle, however this should definitely not be the only view you get of it, and it itself affords some of the best views of the city. Don't leave Paris without having seen it! Approach Sacre Coeur from the base of the hill, and ... Read the complete review
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