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"Sacre-Coeur....more, more, more" Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Monmartre Tip by bct341

by bct341

Sacre Coeur was built in gratitude for deliverance from the horrors of the Franco-Prussian war and to honor the 58,000 who died during the conflict. The locals refer to it as "The Sculptured Cloud."

It dominates the butte. In fact, during its construction, so many foundation supports and pillars were sunk into the ground that the joke of the time was that the church didn't sit on top of Montmartre . . . it held it up.

The construction of Basilica du Sacre Couer took 43 years, from 1876 to 1919. It literally glistens in the sunlight from the gypsum that was embedded in its exterior, an architectural feature that is now taking its toll. Over the years, it is slowly dissolving the exterior surface of the church.

Address: 35 rue de Chevalier Montmartre
Directions: good starting point is Abbesses Métro heading up to approach Place du Tertre from Place JB Clement; come down from Sacre Coeur via the staircases on rue Chappe
Phone: 01-53-41-89-00

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 8, 2003
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