Sunday, January 23, 2022

La basilique

Here's a view of la basilique du Sacré-Cœur de Montmartre (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmartre) in Paris. It was built between 1875 and 1923 on the highest point in the city, the Butte Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement. While wandering in the neighborhoods below the butte, you can catch a glimpse of the basilica here and there.

The domes and campanile of the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur in Paris, April 2006.

The view from the terraces in front of the church are pretty amazing. On a nice day you can see most of the city from up there. The next time I'm in Paris I should make a point of heading up there for some photos. It's been a while. I read that the church is the second most visited site in Paris after the Notre Dame cathedral. That's probably all changed now since the cathedral closed after the fire in 2019.


  1. I think there is a funicular to get up to the basilica. It would be nice to see your photos looking down. I know, there are millions on the net, but photos by someone you know are better.

  2. Never a bad view. I look forward to the day you get back to Paris.

  3. I do agree on what Andrew says.

  4. The full name of this church is Église du Vœu national de la France au Sacré Cœur de Jésus-Christ.
    The National Vow was a repentance of what happened during the Commune after the Franco-Prussian war of 1870.

  5. Can you go up into the dome of the basilica? What views you would have up there!

  6. Very warm photo of Paris! I was reading today negative reviews of the series "Emily in Paris" and your photo of the beautifully designed street benches and containers for the trees really encourage one to stop "and smell the roses" or whatever aromas that are around! Unfortunately, in my city, the benches are located in front of the library, or in the parks and, of course, near the bus station. Perhaps (with your permission, of course!) share your photo with someone in the city parks department and suggest making our streets more like Paris we might have a different mix downtown. I could possibly meet someone in person and merely show your photo on my phone so they could get the idea but not "use" it professionally.

  7. Is the basilica actually used for church services or is it a museum?

  8. andrew, a post about the funicular follows today.

    mitch, me too!

    chm, :)

    wilma, I believe you can, or at least could, before covid.

    judy, thanks!

    mary, certainly!

    michael, Four masses per day, Sunday-Friday, three on Saturday.

    1. michael, I looked that up, of course.


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