What is special about Sacre Coeur?

What is special about Sacre Coeur?

The Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre, or Sacré-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic church and a famous landmark in Paris with a deep and complex history as it is not only a religious monument but also a political one. The site has been around since pagan times through the Middle Ages and French Revolution.

Why is the Sacre Coeur so famous?

Sacre Coeur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871 crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

How big is the Sacre Coeur?

272 ft
Designed by Paul Abadie, the construction of the church began in 1875 and was completed in 1914. It was consecrated as a basilica five years later, on 16 October, 1919. The Sacré-Coeur is extremely impressive, standing 272 ft (83 m) tall, 115 ft (35 m) wide and 272 ft (83 m) long.

How old is the Sacre Coeur?

107c. 1914

What is inside the Sacre Coeur?

The crypt inside the Sacre Coeur is also definitely a site worth seeing. It includes statues of Patron saints, and even a relic that is believed to be the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ! This is fitting to the name of the Basilica, as Sacre Coeur translates into English as Sacred Heart.

What Stone is the Sacre Coeur made of?

travertine stone
Sacré-Cœur is built of travertine stone quarried in Château-Landon (Seine-et-Marne), France.

How much does it cost to visit Sacre Coeur?

It only costs 5 euros to go up to the top of Sacre couer basilica. Going inside the church is otherwise free. If you use the funicular to reach this place, that costs money though. No real need to carry food there actually; this is the best neighbourhood for grabbing a quick bite in the cafes.

Why did they build the Sacre Coeur?

After the Franco-Prussian War ended in 1870, the people of France decided to construct a church in honor of the Sacred Heart in Paris on the butte Montmartre. Originally the funds for the construction of Sacre Coeur were to come only from wealthy donors. The total cost to build Sacre Couer was 40 million francs.

How much does it cost to get into Sacre Coeur?

Is Sacre-Coeur free?

Sacré-Coeur is open for sightseeing from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, and admission is free. If you’re ambitious, look for the entrance to the Dome and Crypt on the left side of the basilica.