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Free photo gallery: the Basilica of Sacre Coeur in Paris, France.
The idea to build the Sacré Coeur Basilica (The Basilica of the Sacred Heart) was initiated by two influential businessmen Alexandre Legentil and Hubert Rohault de Fleury just after the war of France with Germany in 1871. They vowed that if the war will end and Paris will be spared, they would build a church as redemption for the people of Paris for their sins.
In 1873, the project to build the church has been approved by the French National Assembly and a competition among the architects has been announced. The project by Paul Abadie to build an immense basilica in a Romano-Byzantine style has been selected among the 78 projects. The construction was completed in 1914, in the eve of the next Franco-German war.
Today, the high, white dome tower of Sacré Coeur built on the top of the Montmartre hill is the highest point in Paris after the Eiffel Tower, with a view of Paris and its suburbs stretching until the distance of 50 km.
Photographer’s Sacré Coeur
Sacré Coeur with is high dome and its immense white volume rising high above the city, is an interesting building to photograph. Its shapes contrast with the sky and its unusually white travertine stonewalls give a surreal feeling.
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