Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sacre Coeur

Sacre Coeur,
Paris, France

"Sacre Coeur is a Catholic basilica in MontmartreParis. The foundation was laid in 1875. It was finished in 1914. It is named after the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is built in the Romano-byzantine style." (Link 1.)

"The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (FrenchBasilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in ParisFrance. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1871 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871[1] crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to theSacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.[2]
"The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

"In response to requests from French bishops, Pope Pius IX promulgated the feast of the Sacred Heart in 1856. The basilica itself was consecrated on 16 October 1919.

"Sacré-Cœur is built of travertine stone quarried in Château-Landon (Seine-et-Marne), France. This stone constantly exudes calcite, which ensures that the basilica remains white even with weathering and pollution."( Link 2.)

Interior of the Sacré-Cœur.
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"A mosaic in the apse, entitled Christ in Majesty, created by Luc-Olivier Merson, is among the largest in the world.
"The basilica is home to a large and very fine pipe organ built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll for a private home in Biarritz... (Link 2.)

Top Photo: Taken in Aug. 2016 by iPhone by RW while attending the World Bike Messenger Championships.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

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