History ofSacre Coeur The BasiliqueSacre Coeur is a roman catholic church that was built towards the end of the nineteenth century. Located on the highest point of Montmartre Hill, Paris, the basilica was planned as a guilt offering and a vote of confidence to cure Frances misfortunes. The church was dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus.
SacreCoeurexterior The Sacre Coeur was designed by Paul Abadie and inspired by St-Front in Perigueux. The foundation was laid in 1875; it’s built of a frost resistant travertine that bleaches with age to a gleaming white (chateau- landon stone). The main portal has grand bronze doors with foliage design.
Sacre Coeur statues The triple- arched portico is surmounted by two bronze equestrian statues of France’s national saints, Joan of Arc and King St. Louis IX. Both statues were designed by NippolyteLefebure.
Sacre Coeur interior Inside is dim and rather gloomy except for the golden mosaics that glow brightly. The floor plan is an equal armed gneek cross with a large dome over the crossing. Overall, the church was fully completed in 1914 and the final cost was four million dollars.
The Basilica is opened daily from 6am to 11pm
The dome and crypt is opened daily from 9am to 6pm
A climb to the top of the dome provides an excellent view of Paris.
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