Interesting Facts about the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur

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The Basilica is Sacre-Coeur is one of the most visited museums in the French capital. This beautiful monument is located at Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Some of the interesting and enlightening facts about Sacre-Coeur are listed below.

  • The Sacre-Coeur was built in between 1875 and 1914 by a French architect named Paul Abide, who is considered as the central representative of French historicism. The basilica is designed in Romanesque-Byzantine style.
  • This outstanding structure resembles the Taj Mahal in India – one of the 7 wonders of the world, and not the neighboring Norte-Dame Cathedral.
  • One of the interesting facts is the whipped cream look of the Basilica. This is because of the white stones that are imported from the Chateau-Landon Quarries. There are calcite contents in these stones, which acts as a bleacher in the wet weather and create the chalky white appearance.
  • The Basilica is now standing on the hilltop of Montmartre. This place was once the worshipping place of druids – a member of the high-ranking professional class in Celtic cultures. Additionally, the Romans had built many temples here that are dedicated to the God Mercury and Mars.
  • The name of the church, Sacre-Coeur means “sacred heart” in English. This indicates the heart of Jesus Christ and is a representation of his sacred and unconditional love for humanity.
  • The huge Savoyarde bell is installed in the bell tower of the Basilica. This bell is regarded as the largest bell of France and has a diameter of 3 meters. The weight of this enormous bell is 18,835 kg and you can hear the sound of this bell from a distance of 10 km.
  • The shrine was built at the hilltop of Montmartre at a height of 130 meters above the sea level. The bell tower in the church and the dome itself reaches a height of 83 meters. This makes Sacre-Coeur the second highest point in Paris City, after the iconic Eiffel Tower.
  • There are many reasons behind the construction of this iconic structure. One of the main reasons is the defeat of French Army in 1871, which was believed to be because of the sins of Paris; hence, they decided to construct a church here to wash away all the sins of the French capital.
  • Sacre-Coeur is Paris’s second most visited church after the Norte-Dame Cathedral. The Basilica welcomes more than 11.5 million people every year, which consist of both tourist and pilgrims.
  • You can experience the bird-eye view of the beautiful Paris City from the top of Sacre-Coeur. The sight from the top of the dome will cover almost all the monuments in Paris.