Beware of those African below the hill of Montmartre.
The Sacré-Coeur Basilica is built of Château-Landon (Seine-et-Marne) stone, a frost-resistant travertine that bleaches with age to a gleaming white. The main portal has grand bronze doors with foliage designs.
Inside, the Sacré-Coeur is dim and rather gloomy except for the golden mosaics glowing from apse. The floor plan is an equal-armed Greek cross, with a large dome (83m high) over the crossing. In the huge choir, 11 tall round arches support a barrel vault.
The basilica complex includes a garden for meditation, with a fountain. The top of the dome is open to tourists and affords a spectacular panoramic view of the city of Paris, which is mostly to the south of the basilica.
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris from below the hill.
View of Paris from top of hill.
Cloudy day and the green figure of Joan of Arc.
Address: Pl. du Parvis-du-Sacré-Coeur, 18e, Paris, France
Metro station: Métro Anvers (2) or Abbesses (12), then climb the stairs on Rue Foyatier or take the funicular to the top of the hill.
GPS/Coordinates: 48.886857° N, 2.342963° E