Basilica of Sacré-Cœur stands on the highest point in the city of Paris. The impetus for the construction of the Romano-Byzantine church came from the French Catholics vow to build a basilica devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus after the country’s humiliating defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. Sacré-Cœur is built of travertine stone quarried in Château-Landon, France. This stone constantly produces a white-lime deposit which ensures that the basilica remains white even with weathering and pollution of the city. The 272 foot high basilica sits atop the summit of the butte Montmartre, which makes it visible from most point in the city. The hill’s religious symbolism is thought to extend into prehistorical times, as it has been suggested as a likely druidic holy place because it is the highest point in the area.
Posted by: danielfee | September 3, 2012