"Sacré Coeur" Montmartre & Sacré Coeur Tip by GUYON

Montmartre & Sacré Coeur, Paris: 72 reviews and 78 photos

  Sacre Coeur, view from rue Feutrier

Favorite thing: The Basilic seems to be white when it is lighted by night.
Really, it has a grey colour due to the pollution.

Fondest memory: When the war with Prussia stopped in 1870, the top of Montmartre Hill was a waste land on which the Garde nationale (Parisian Milice) had hidden its guns.
The 21th March 1871, the French government sent a general to pick them up. The milice resited and it was the beginning of the Commune (one of the numerous Parisian revolution).
The Commune was defeated 3 months later in a river of blood.
The basilic of Sacré Coeur was built from 1876 to 1919 to pay the penalty of the sins of the Commune. For this reason, it was erected at the place where the affaire began.
And it was white to have an image of purity (and also because the Paris limestone is white).

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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