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Basilica du Sacre Coeur

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Paris, France.

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For the aesthete: So perfectly and carefully constructed, Sacre Coeur sits on Paris’s highest point, held up as surely one of it’s most lovely tributes to god. We’re supposed to find love with symmetry and here Sacre Coeur delivers, white, delicate and intricately matched columns, pillars and graceful (not over done) arches and three domes light up my eyes more than the heavy grand grey of more famous Notre Dame. Inside is one of the largest and surely, most beautiful, mosaics in the world.

For the historians: Built for Jesus’ Sacred Heart in the aftermath of the Paris revolts over the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870’s, the church is built of the spot where the uprisings took greatest force and where the army massacred many of the protestors but is supposedly a memorial to those who died in the war. Enjoy the quiet (except for the subtle splash of the fountains) gardens and climb the stairs for a peak out of the domed roof over all of Paris.

Written by  romantic poet.

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Montmartre, steeped in history, immortalized in art and rising over Paris from the North, is one of the more beautiful districts of city. With the steeps stairs of Rue Foyatier tumbling down to the district below and Sacré Cœur standing guar… Read more...

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Sacred, quiet heart

Not just because it’s in Amelie or because it’s in one of my favourite parts of Paris, or because you can see it, atop its hill, from all over Paris, or because it has a carousel at its feet and a view that lays Paris out like a blanket in front of you, Sacre Coeur is my favourite Parisian church because it’s beautiful and white and rounded. I like it from the inside, where it’s warm and quiet and lit by the strange additional light of all the gold tiles in the famous mosaic of Jesus, but I like it better from the outside, where it’s white and smooth and looks like it belongs on the inside of a snow globe.

beautiful in every aspect

Sacre Coeur is the most beautiful cathedral I have ever seen. The magnificent white columns and domes with the gargoyles jumping at you from the sides and back of the building, not to mention the spectacular view of Paris and a huge mozaic inside give this church an air of tranquility and awe.

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