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Le Sacré-Coeur

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Completed in 1914, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is located on Montmartre, which is the highest point in the city. It's widely known that the church is dedicated to the 58'000 soldiers who lost their life during the Franco Prussian war, but the decree of the Assemblée Nationale dated July 24th 1873 in which there is the decision to start the erection of the church, responds to a request made by the Archbishop of Paris, which states that the construction is to "expiate the crimes of the communards". Paul Abadie is the architect who won the competition over 77 other competitors for the design in 1873 and two years later works begin, among several debates on its legitimacy and the dread that the church will be considered "an incessant provocation to civil war". The formal dedication of the Basilica is in 1919, after WWI in a different social and political context. Built in travertine stone, which constantly exudes calcite, hence remaining white, the Basilica has a Romano Byzantine style. Today the Sacré Coeur is a landmark of Paris, even appearing in several movies such as Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain, Ronin and Audrey Hepburn's Sabrina and in music videos such as U2's Two Hearts beats as one.

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Le Sacré-Coeur 35, RUE DU CHEVALIER-DE-LA-BARRE
75018 Paris, France

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