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April 16, 2014

Sacré-Cœur, So Much More Than Just A View From The Hill…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Sacré-Cœur / Sacred Heart of Jesus Basilica) is one of the most visited and photographed places in Paris.

Stand on the steps outside and “people watch” and you will see everything: bus tour guides trying to keep their group together and on schedule for the next destination, trying round up the stragglers who want “just one more photograph” or souvenir.

There are school trip parties of either fairly young children or teenagers, the first distracted because they would rather be in a playground somewhere and the later  looking bored because these things aren’t really cool but at least a day out is better than a regular day at school and stacks of homework.

You see the obvious stereotypical types too: backpackers, the retired couples, the singles, the best friends in Paris, the lovers, the kids on family holidays getting their dose of culture and then there are the hawkers, buskers, gypsies and somewhere blending in, the pickpockets too.

Sacré-Cœur basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. It was a was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. and was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919. Sacré-Cœur has it all, it’s beautiful and so imposing that even then you are driving around the Paris ring road it’s sometimes possible on a clear day to catch a glimpse of it in the distance. The American friends I came to Paris to meet are busy with their tour group at the moment so I’m alone and can wander as I please. I join the hordes and turn my camera to the beauty of the Basilica. I might not have been a blogger  back in May 2009 when I took these photographs but I was still very interested in beautiful buildings and taking photos.

One thing everyone wants to see when they look out over the Parisian landscape is la tour Eiffel (the Eiffel Tower). Tourists peering desperately into the distance as they search don’t realise that you can’t see it if you are standing  looking out at the city directly in front of the Sacré-Cœur. You need to follow the curve of the road to the right and a 3-4 minute walk around the corner, past some tall trees on the hill will suddenly bring  tour Eiffel into view. Voilà !

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacr%C3%A9-C%C5%93ur,_Paris

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