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The Sacre Coeur and Montmartre

The Sacre Coeur and Montmartre

Montmartre is a hill giving its name to the surrounding district, just near Pigalle in the north of Paris. Montmartre is known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacré Cœur on its summit and as a nightclub district. Many artists had studios or worked around the community of Montmartre such as Dalí, Modigliani, Monet, Mondrian, Picasso and also Van Gogh.

The Sacre Coeur Basilica
The Sacre-Coeur was built at the end of the 19th century at the top of Montmartre hill in Paris. Its famous white architecture dominates the city, and offers a wonderful view. The nearby streets of Montmarte are full of artists and restaurants.
Overlooking Paris on the hill to the north is the Roman-Byzantine basilica of the Sacred Heart. dominates Paris. The church is on the site where Saint Denis was beheaded because of his faith in late IIIrd century. The basilica's construction was financed by every parish in France. The building's extraordinary whiteness is a result of the material used in its construction: Chateau-Landon stone bleaches with age.
The front has two bronze equestrian statues of St. Joan of Arc and St. Louis by H. Lefebvre, and the climax of the overall design is the statue of Christ, his hand raised in blessing. Follow the signs to the west of the Church to the Place du Tertre. This is the artist's square. It is fun to walk around except for the artists who are constantly trying to get you to let them draw your portrait.
When you walk from the subway station to Sacre Coeur, you will walk through the Montmarte flea markets. This is a lot of fun if you like that kind of stuff.

How to get there

From hotel Cambon take metro line 12 at Concorde to Abbesses in approx 20 minutes.

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