Montmartre & Sacré Coeur, Paris

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    Basilique du Sacré Coeur

    by jexelot Written Nov 29, 2002
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    Favorite thing: After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was proposed to construct a church to the Sacred Heart on the butte Montmartre. Although originally the fund raising was by public subscription, in 1873, the National Assembly declared its construction to be a state undertaking. Of the 78 entries in the competition for its design, the one chosen was by the architect named Abadie. He was already well known for his restoration of the St-Front Cathedral in Périgueux.
    The plans for the new basilica called for an edifice of Romano-Byzantine style, and the first stone was laid in 1875. Abadie himself died in 1884 with only the foundation having been completed.

    Completed in 1914, it was not consecrated until 1919 after World War I had ended. The final cost was 40 million francs. Since 1885, there has been perpetual adoration and worship within.

    The interior of the church contains one of the worlds largest mosaics, and depicts Christ with outstretched arms. The nearby bell tower contains the ``Savoyarde''. Cast in Annecy in 1895, it is one of the worlds heaviest at 19 tons.

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    Enjoy the view from the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre

    by extrajoce Updated Jan 9, 2003

    Favorite thing: Notre-Dame de Paris holds a special place in my heart as a Parisian, but only the Sacre Coeur in Montmartre offers the full view of Paris, and makes for a great introduction to the diversity of the city.
    Just sit on those steps and grasp the view.
    As you walk east, you will see the Eiffel Tower, going towards the Place du Tertre where all the painters offer to draw your portrait. A traditional tourist trap...

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    Amazing Monuments Galore!

    by RuthLuvsPaul Updated Jan 26, 2003
    Paris' oldest museum, Musee de Montmatre

    Favorite thing: Make sure you just spend some time catching the train or walking from one famous monument to the next.....Paris has so many to choose from - the Arc d'Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre & Musee d'Orsay, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer, the River Siene, Luxembourg Gardens....and they are all so easily accessible from each other.

    Fondest memory: I loved the time we spent on the Montmatre Hill, wandering through the peaceful Sacre Couer Basillica, following the small cobbled streets around to the artists square, and looking at the view of Paris from the highest point in the city.

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    Moulin Rouge 1

    by bakpakchik Written Apr 18, 2003

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    Moulin Rouge 1

    Favorite thing: A trip to Paris would have been incomplete without a glimpse of the Moulin Rouge. At least for a Tom Cruise fan like myself.

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    Moulin Rouge 3

    by bakpakchik Written Apr 18, 2003

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    Moulin Rouge 3

    Favorite thing: A change of perspective helps. Sometimes, being on the inside looking out works better than bieng on the outsdie looking in. Think about it ...

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    Moulin Rouge 4

    by bakpakchik Written Apr 18, 2003

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    Jeff at Moulin Rouge

    Favorite thing: My triapsing partner for the day ... Jeff from North Carolina. A crash course in the history of the Moulin Rouge.

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    Visit the Sacré-Coeur!An...

    by espadana Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Sacré-Coeur!

    An impressive church with a truly beautiful view over the whole city.

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    Catch the view of the city...

    by ginalynne Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Catch the view of the city from the platform at La Samaritaine!

    Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Paris is looking out at the city from the steps of Sacre Coeur under a full moon.

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    by mushrooms Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Sitting on the steps on Sacre Coeur with my classmates. It was such a beautiful day and i long to visit it again. I'll never ever forget that day with my friends.

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    Check out the Naughty side of...

    by holligolytly Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Check out the Naughty side of Paris (just looking of course!!). The “red light” district of Paris is centered in and around the Rue Pigalle, at the bottom of Monmartre hill.

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    climb to great heights and...

    by Razorart Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: climb to great heights and enjoy the views!

    Fondest memory: I loved the viewsfrom Sacre Coeur (pictured) and Notre Dame so much, I made the climb twice!

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    Sacre Coeur View

    by CandS Updated Sep 26, 2003
    Sacre Coeur View

    Favorite thing: The view from the top of the Sacre Coeur is really amazing...wow... I think it was a better view than that from the Eiffel Tower personally... Paris seems to go on forever...

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    The Artists Square, Montmatre

    by RuthLuvsPaul Written Jan 26, 2003
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    Favorite thing: This is the highest point in all of Paris, and is a bustle or artists and cafes, and of course, tourists. In this area, you can have your portrait drawn, or buy some Parisian art.

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