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Sacré Coeur The Sacré Coeur

The Sacré Coeur project was initiated by a group of influential, powerful people of that time and authorized by the National Assembly in 1873. The main aim was to erect a Byzantine style Basilica, true to Christian tradition. It was designed by architect Paul Abadie. The first stone was laid in 1875, but unfortunately Abadie passed away in 1884, with only the foundation part completed. The construction was later completed in 1914 but was not consecrated until 1919, till the end of first world war.

The basilica is situated near Pigalle, on top of the hill (butte Montmartre), the highest point in Paris. The Byzantine-style Basilica offers a panoramic view of the city in all directions, extending over 20 kilometers. This structure proudly owns one of the world's heaviest bells and one of the world's largest mosaics.

The place du Tertre, which is to the west of Sacré-Coeur, is a very famous and popular area swarmed by artists. One can either buy a painting or a sketch or even have one's portrait drawn on the spot. The place is a busy commercial area with cafés and bistros and a variety of shops.

Place du Parvis du Sacré-Coeur
75018 Paris
Tél. : +33 (1)

Métro : ANVERS


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