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Sacre-Coeur Basilica in Paris

A June 2007 trip to Paris by paolo1899

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France More Photos
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Basilica du Sacre Coeur

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Attraction | "Basilique du Sacré-Coeur"

Basilica du Sacre Coeur Photo, Paris, France
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The white domes of the Sacred Heart Basilica patrol the Paris skyline from the top of Montmartre. The French government decided to erect Sacre Coeur in 1873 as a sort of national guilt offering in expiation for the blood shed during the Commune and the Franco-Prussian War in 1870- 71. It was meant to symbolize the return of self confidence to late 19th century Paris. Even so, the building reflected political divisions within the country: it was largely financed by French Catholics fearful of an anticlerical backlash and determined to make a grandiloquent statement on behalf of the Church. Construction lasted until World War I; the basilica was not consecrated until 1919. In style the Sacre...Read More

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Basilica du Sacre Coeur
35, Rue Du Chevalier-de-la-barre Rue De La Bonne
Paris, France 75018
+33 (1) 53 41 89 00