Looking all of us, Sacre Coeur in Montmartre!

What can I say about Sacre Coeur, it is a very popular Basilica Church of Paris. I have written before so will just repeat the post here and some additional notes.

One of the most see and must stop on your way to Paris. The historical center of a wonderful district ,a city in its right call Montmartre.   The hill of martyrs as in English, no heroes of any sort, but those earlier Christians who gave it all for the faith. Here Saint Denis was beheaded by pagans lords, but He continue to preach all the way to Saint Denis where now is his Basilica de Saint Denis;all begun at Montmartre.

Here you have the wine harvest the only one left in Paris, with the vinyards celebration every year with a nice festival. Here is the nightclubs all beamings like Moulin Rouge, and Lapin Agile. The hilly streets full of nostalgia, and the impressive church of Saint Pierre( 12C). But all is small when we compare it to Sacre Coeur, the holy cross ,the church on the hill of martyrs=Montmartre.

This is my humble take on it, and hope you will visit it too.

Ordered built by a National cry in 1873 , it is the second most visited place in France . Help pay for its construction by a National call of reconciliation and the French gave , a lot. The Church was finally completed in 1914 but not  consacrated then on 1919 after the end of WWI. It was not really totally finished that until 1923. The style is Greek cross(neo byzantine)  with a huge dome of 83 meters ( 274 ft). Inside  in the ceiling the back of altar is decorated with the biggest mosaic in France covering a surface of  474 sq meters (5100 sq ft . Built between 1918-1922 representing the Sacred Heart of Jesus glorified by the Catholic Church and France. At the base, there is an inscription « Au Cœur très saint de Jésus, la France fervente, pénitente et reconnaissante. » or At the heart of the very saints of Jesus, France passionate, penitent and acknowledge. It has ,also, the heaviest bell in France call the Savoyarde, weighting almost 19K kilograms   with 3 meters in diameter ! The organ is one of the most historical significance as well  having been transferred to the Basilica in 1919.

To get here, the easiest are the Funiculaire de Montmartre or the Montmartrebus (stop Place du Tertre) , by metro the stations closest are Anvers line 2 and Abbesses line 12. You can ,also, walk up the stairs , nice to do if you can. The admission is free.  The official Paris transport site will tell you the best way or you can ask me. www.ratp.fr . For more detail information you can contact the Basilica by email at adoremus@sacre-coeur-montmartre.fr

You can see the whole of Paris by standing in the parvis in front of the Basilica, high of 200 meters above sea level given a panoramic view as far as 50 kms (31 miles). The inspiration for Sacré Cœur’s design originated on 4 September 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier attributing the defeat of French troops during the Franco-Prussian War to a divine punishment after “a century of moral decline” since the French revolution, in the wake of the division in French society that arose in the decades following that revolution, between devout Catholics and legitimist royalists on one side, and democrats, secularists, socialists, and radicals on the other. This schism in the French social order became particularly pronounced after the 1870 withdrawal of the French military garrison protecting the Vatican in Rome to the front of the Franco-Prussian War by Napoléon III; the secular uprising of the Paris Commune of 1870-1871, and the subsequent 1871 defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian WarThis is the official webpage of the Basilica which you can read in English as well http://www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com/

Paris PAris

Plenty of lodgings in the area, but since live nearby have no direct experience with any, the Ibis and Mercure are from the very good French chain ACCOR so they are all reliable. Aparthotels Citadine and Adagio are good source names too.

As far as place to eat ,oh yes eating in the Butte is glorious and you will love it. My favorites there over the years have been the Le Moulin de la Galette web http://www.lemoulindelagalette.fr/  , Le Colibri, web http://www.colibri-montmartre.com/ , the La  Bonne Franquette ,web http://www.labonnefranquette.com/ , the brasserie Chez Eugene is an old family favorite, my first meal ever at the Butte de Montmartre was here back in 1991! web http://www.chezeugene.fr/www/

Just walk as much as you can here, the whole area if full of charm,many movies,and history that keeps bringing folks to Paris emerge from here. Like the great movie Le Fabuleux Destin d’ Amélie Poulain made famous at the Cafe des deux Moulin, 15 rue Lepic (now historic but the food is not too good) , and the great ateliers or shops of Painters like the Halles Saint Pierre web http://www.hallesaintpierre.org/ ,and the museum of Montmartre, web http://www.museedemontmartre.fr/ .The Clos Montmartre at rue des Saules with its vinyards, and the great Fete des Vendages de Montmartre, web here http://www.fetedesvendangesdemontmartre.com/  The old moulin de la galette at rue lepic and the moulin Radet at rue girardon, the remaining windmills of Montmartre. And just by 22 rue des Saules my old time favorite French cabaret Lapin Agile web http://www.au-lapin-agile.com/

Hope you get your highs while looking the beautiful scenes of Paris from the hill=butte, at night is sublime,and if clear day awesome. Cheers!

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