Sacre Coeur

The shining white cathederal perched on one of the highest points of the city, Sacre Coeur is one of the icons of Paris. Symbolically located in the highest point of Paris, La Basilique de Sacre Coeur (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is a monument that can’t go unnoticed.

This is not only because the unusual style in which it was build (Romano-Byzantine), but also because of the materials used for its construction. The calcareous rock, called travertine, ensures a permanent immaculate white color of the whole edifice, withstanding the action of time and the pollution characteristic to the great cities. The building emanates serenity and spirituality.

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Perhaps this was the intention of those who fought for its construction, back in 1872. The legend claims that the Archbishop of Paris at the time, Guibert, had a vision about the place where the basilica was going to be built.

It was meant to glorify the over 58,000 French soldiers who lost their lives during the Franco-Prussian war (1870-71). Also, those who supported this act wanted to beg God’s forgiveness for the alleged excesses of the Second Empire’s regime.

The construction started in 1875, but it wasn’t finished until forty years later, and the consecration took place in 1919. The necessary funds were raised almost entirely from private donations. The portico of the monument is guarded by two equestrian statues representing the “national saints” of France, Louis IX and Jeanne D’Arc. Also, one of the largest mosaics in the world can be admired here.

The Montmartre area is one of the most visited in Paris, and probably already on your list of places to visit, so why not on your way there, stop at the Sacre Coeur for a moment of quiet contemplation and architectural awe. Entrance is free into the cathedral itself, although there is a fee for the dome and the crypt.

Just as important as venturing inside the cathedral is for you to find time to take in the amazing views from the cathedral and surrounding gardens.

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