Hey Ertsy People! Hope you’re enjoying our initiative of #TravelInStyle, well here’s something to feed the wanderlust soul in you. With a new edition of #CultureVulture every week. Sometimes with interesting places and sometimes with interesting people; we’re ready to tease the gypsy you are and feed you with the interesting culture scoops you crave. Like at Sacré-Cœur.
Dedicated to the sacred heart of Jesus amidst the beautiful Montmarte, Sacré-Cœur is one of those beautiful places in Paris that are still very pre-modern and authentic. Also known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, it is located at the highest point in the city of Paris. The beautiful streets and gardens around the Basilica are everything French you’d like to see. And the food at the local delis with light harmonica music near the gullies is what will charm you the most.
What caught our attention was the fact that once you read about the history of this Basilica and while nothing seems rather extraordinary about it, what it stands for in this day is really beautiful. In 1875, when the Catholics and the clergy decided to build this beautiful monument it was a call to reestablish the need for god and religion after France lost the Franco-Prussian war. However, till the time it was completed, in 1914, the polity, the composition and the entire priority set of the French society had changed so much that it was seen as a memorial of all the 58,000 lives lost in the war.
With its beauty inside out the church, today, is not only a piece of art by Paul Abadie, it is also an epitome of development of generations in its small yet touching narrative. Oh, just so you know, it also houses a magnificent Pipe Organ, composed of 109 ranks and 78 speaking stops spread across four 61-note manuals and the 32-note pedalboard and spread over three expressive devisions. Sadly, you can’t really up close.
On my trip to this place, I discovered some beautiful and picturesque places around the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, too. The nooks and corners, the beautiful doors and everything else from the 1800s.
Oh, and, try any deli in the street behind, the food and desserts were absolutely French and amazing.
Furthermore, on a good sunny day, this is the best place to be in Paris and soak in some heat and the vibe of the pre-modern era. And if not for anything else, you should definitely visit again for that view…
Basilica Images Via Official Site.