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The project to build the Sacré-Coeur Basilica (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) was initiated by a group of influential people, who pledged to build a church if Paris escaped unscathed from the war with the Prussians.  A competition was organized and the winner was architect Paul Abadie. 

The construction lasted from 1875 to 1914. Built in a  Roman-Byzantyne style it has dome towers reaching 83m (272ft) high over the top of the Montmartre hill.

The massive building has managed to keep its beaming white color even in the polluted air of a big city like Paris. This can be attributed to the Château-Landon travertine stones which were used for the construction of the Sacré-Coeur. When it rains, the stones react to the water and secrete calcite, which ensures that the basilica remains white and bright.

The bell of the church weighs 20,000kilos (20 tons and is 8 feet in diameter. It vibrates for 3 minutes after it has been struck and the sound can travel several miles. It was carried to Paris in 1895 on a cart pulled by 11 pairs of oxen and 3 horses.

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Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

Location

Paris , France


Address

place du Parvis du Sacré-Cœur


Telephone

+33 1 53 41 89 00


Getting there

Metro: Anvers


More information

www.sacre-coeur-montmartre.com


Prices

dome adult/child €6/4, cash only


Opening hours

6am-10.30pm, dome 8.30am-8pm May-Sep, to 5pm Oct-Apr

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