Proudly erected on the top of the butte Montmartre, Sacré-Coeur Basilica overlooks Paris. From each rooftop, each high viewpoint such as the Eiffel Tower or the Montparnasse tower, we can see this emblematic monument. Perched 130-m (426.50 ft) high, it offers itself a breathtaking panorama over the French capital.
After being forced to close because of the coronavirus epidemic, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is gradually reopening first only for religious celebrations and services. Now the cupola and the unobstructed views it provides are welcoming the piblic again, as well as the crypt, exceptionally open this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the monument.
The famous monument adapts to the health context imposing facemasks and social distancing. Moreover, hand sanitizer will be available at the entrance and a one-way circulation is set up, regulating the flux.
Bright white, Sacré-Coeur Basilica shines all year round and amazes the one observing its complex Romano-Byzantine architecture. Its dome is impressive because it’s 83-m (272.30 ft) high and features a 360° view over Paris. Its distinctive cupola has a diameter of 16 meters (53 ft) and is 55-m (180.44ft) high.
But its beauty doesn’t stop with the façade or the extraordinary view it features! When we come inside, it’s hard to look something other than the ceiling and for good reason, we find the biggest mosaic in France covering about 480-sqm (5166.67 ft²). It’s even one of the biggest in the world! Called the Mosaic of Christ in Glory, it reveals bright and deep colors. The Risen Christ reveals a gilded heart attracting the looks.
Sacré-Coeur also houses the biggest bell in France: not less than 19 tons for 3 meters (9.84 ft) of diameter and 9 meters (29.52ft) high. Another treasure: the Crypt. We discover several statues of saints, the tombs of Cardinals, relics, the Pieta chapel where you can find a large representation of the Virgin Mary and much more.
Sacré-Coeur and its gigantic measures can truly attract people!
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