This stunningly white domed building is an iconic structure in Montmartre and Paris as a whole. It sits atop Montmartre Hill, which is the highest point in Paris and overlooks the city.
While there are a lot of old buildings throughout Paris, this is not one of them. Sacre Coeur wasn’t constructed until 1875 by architect Paul Abadie as penitence for attacking their own citizens in the French commune of Montmartre. It was completed in 1914 and was consecrated as a basilica five years later.
The hill in Montmartre was used as a place of worship long before a building was constructed. It began with a pagan temple to honor Mercury and Mars and changed to several others before becoming the church it is today.
The interior is quite beautiful but the panoramic views from the dome are out of this world. The top is a mere 300 steps climb… If you don’t feel like climbing up the dome, you can still get an amazing view from the steps of the Sacre Coeur itself.
Fun Facts about the Sacre-Coeur:
If you are in Paris during the Christmas holiday, take the opportunity to attend the Christmas Eve mass at midnight. It can get crowded so arrive early. The organ concert is at 10 p.m. and the Christmas vigil is at 11 p.m.
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