Sacre Coeur

The white church on the hill above Montmartre is the result of a competition. Architect Paul Abadie's designs beat 77 others, back in 1875, yet the building wasn't finished till 1914. There were terrible wrangles, over its meaning and construction, and eventually it was dedicated to expiating 'the crimes of the commune' which executed the Archbishop during the Franco-Prussian war. All of this, however, only matters if one is fascinated by religious and political history. Otherwise, you may appreciate the church as the glorious, snow-white monument on Travertine stone, made famous on a million Paris souvenirs. Inside there is shadowy candlelight and beauteous mosaics, but outside, all of Paris is spread below, the entire city available to be admired. On the steps, the buskers are generally excellent, and just behind the church, a charming little park offers shade, seclusion and further sweeping views.

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