When Sacré-Coeur Captured my Heart

La basilique du Sacré-Cœur capturé mon coeur , it really did !  I rank it as as one of the best man-made structures I have ever seen in my life.

Our visit to the Sacré-Couer basilica in Paris almost did not happen, but good thing it did. Otherwise, it would have been an everlasting regret knowing that we were so close to this magnificent structure and we just let it go.  It absolutely captured my heart !

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur in France is made of travertine stone quarried in Château-Landon (Seine-et-Marne).

Our visit to this awe-inspiring architectural masterpiece took place during our last day in Paris before leaving for Belgium. We were about to fore-go this visit thinking that we have already seen Notre Dame Cathedral, an epitome of a great French architectural intricacy. But we were wrong, because we have not seen anything yet until we see this.

This basilica was constructed beginning  in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

The Sacré-Couer basilica is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Christ. It was built as a private religious vow made during the Franco-Prussian War.

Hundreds of tourists visit the basilica everyday. Photo taking is not allowed inside the cathedral so this is the closest one can get.

Two businessmen promised to finance the basilica should France be spared from assault. Despite the war and the Siege of Paris , invasion was turned-away and work began in 1875.

The Sacré-Couer basilica stands mightily at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

It may not be as intricate and graceful like the Notre Dame Cathedral but the basilica is so vast and impressive. Its site is superb. It is considered as one of France’s most important Roman Catholic Buildings and a must see in France.

This is the spectacular panoramic view of Paris when you turn your back from the basilica.

The basilica is one destination that must not be missed when in Paris !


66 thoughts on “When Sacré-Coeur Captured my Heart

  1. Il capture également mon coeur Monsieur, although I haven’t been there but by just merely looking on these photos of yours makes me feel so excited in going there someday, soon! 🙂

  2. wow sir! the scenery is stunning and so is that massive Basilica! can’t imagine that millions of people go there to actually visit the place.. someday i’ll also be posting such pictures. 🙂 and many believers go there to pray and just be thankful for everything… what an opportunity! 🙂

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