This is an amazing place, a must-see. Of course, the structure is beautiful, but when the sun strikes its enormous body atop Montmartre Hill, it's just stunning.
There are a couple dozen stairs to reach the foot of the Sacre Cœur, but for those ve can't climb stairs, there's also a small funicular to take you to the top. From the top, there are fantastic views of the city, but we were unluckily caught in the rain.
The terraces, as always, are aptly prepared for passersby and we couldn't resist a delicious crêpe with Nutella and orange juice for a pocket-friendly 4€.
Dedicated to Mary Magdalene, this landmark church, which I knew about from an Art History course, surprised me in the grandeur of its Roman temple style figures. Construction began in 1764, was halted because of the French Revolution, and resumed in 1806. There is a striking contrast between the classical Roman Baroque exterior and the inside. The details of its columns, capitals, and sculptures at the top and front are classic. The huge inscription reads: DOMSVB.INVOC.S.MAGDALENAE.
This central but heretofore little visited Church has become a pilgrimage site for Da Vinci Code readers, myself included. I wanted to see the famous Gnomon that appears in the book so I squeezed in a quick visit before sunset. It takes some time to find the temple because of the maze of streets that make up the neighborhood. Once there, I witnessed the strange overlap of science onto religion. The gnomon is positioned according to empirical coordinates and imposes itself on the aesthetics of the temple. I marveled that this scientific instrument could be placed on a religious edifice. The church is beautiful in its simplicity. In the square is also the Fountain of the Four Bishops.
Paris - you definitely need to see it in every way, but especially at night. The play of lights projected onto buildings and monuments makes it all the more majestic. The nineteenth century Catholic church the The Holy Trinity is in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, it's construction began back in 1861 and the architect in charge was Théodore Ballu. The church has a length of 90 m, width of 34 m in terms of height is about 30 m. The main tower (the one that you appreciate in the photos) is about 65 m. At the back there's a lovely, curious and beautiful park with 3 fountains and 3 statues representing the three theological virtues. Walking in Paris you always wonder.
Worn, tired and ancient, the church of Saint Germain is hidden in a corner of the square, beggars and tourists but a tranquil place. Here the light plays with the cracked wood and crippled statues, stained glass which is soulless (too new) and an enormous imposing organ and magnificent, the last vestige of this forsaken place, like a masterpiece forgotten in an attic.
This church was recently restored and the facade now looks flawless. Its construction dates back to 1580 with the first chapel dedicated to St. Louis. On the second Sunday of the month at 15:00, they organize guided tours.
You can get to the church of Vetheuil by climbing a majestic staircase composed of fifty steps that are five meters wide, dominated by a calvary. The church is dedicated to the Nativity of the Virgin. The oldest part of the church, which is the choir, was built before the Hundred Years' War by King Henry II of England.
The complex is beautiful and full of charm. The famous painter Monet lived for a long time in the village of Vetheuil, and even painted a picture dedicated to the Church, simply titled "The Church of Vetheuil". This is a magnificent monument, an example of the purest Renaissance art.
The church of St. Augustine is one of the great churches of Paris. It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century and is located just behind the Place de la Madeleine. Despite its large size it is not as famous as Saint Sulpice and Saint Germain l'Auxerrois. It is little known in Paris. This is probably because it is in the eighth district of Paris, one of the least populated of the capital with a rather large number of offices. It was built by Victor Baltard, who also built les Halles. It was built in the Byzantine and Romanesque style. It has a large dome, 80 meters high, and the nave is 100 meters long. The star of the church is Charles de Foucauld, who converted to Christianity. St. Augustine is a fourth century saint who was born in what is now known as Algeria. When he converted to Christianity he took part in the evangelization of the Roman Empire in North Africa. This is celebrated on the 28th of August of each year.
The Alesia neighborhood in the 14th arrondissement of Paris is a popular neighbourhood just south of the capital. There are still many small shops selling fruit & vegetables here. The church is located in the center of the neighbourhood. When you come from the Orléans gate going towards Saint Michel you can't miss it. The church was dedicated to St. Peter of Montrouge. It was destroyed during the Paris Commune, when the Catholic religion was banned just after the French Revolution. They renewed it after 1891. Inside there is a beautiful organ of Barker.
The church of Saint Vincent de Paul is in the 10th district of Paris, near the East Railway Station. It derives its name from the neighborhood around it. It was built where the home of St. Vincent de Paul once was. It is a historical monument, the building of which started in 1824. Building work was soon terminated due to another revolution in 1830. There are several works of art depicting the saint as a missionary who cares for children and the sick. There is a cool depiction all the way around the nave, depicting 160 saints walking towards a shrine. In front of the church is a large square with several restaurants It is a nice neighborhood to stay for a few days and discover the capital.
Saint Pierre is a church of 1400, a work of art and history. The best known, the Sacre Coeur, was never accepted by Parisians who called it the wedding cake, so, contemptuously. Montmartre is one of the places that I visit most and I always feel it is very special, I feel part of everything as if I had been born there. The thought of going up the hill Clichy, with pavements more than a thousand years, is like a party day for me! When I travel in any part of Paris (except pompidou) I have an incredible party in my soul! Do not miss St Pierre, but worth the visit thoughsomewhat abandoned. Hugs from Buenos Aires. Liber
Walking through the district of one of the most typical districts of Paris, Gare du Nord (on the right bank of the Seine), we found the beautiful Saint Laurent church. The Gare du Nord district doesn't have a very good reputation (perhaps it's a melting pot) but has good value accommodation, two main railway stations (Eastern and Northern) and some attractions like the Canal Saint Martin, the boulevard de Magenta, restaurants, bars and this beautiful church.
It is an amazing church. Passing by on a Friday night at 7, when people just want to go home or go out with friends, or shop in this busy area of Lafayette - Chaussée d'Antin. We are in the Rue d'Antin, very commercial, with a Printemps, a Citadium, one of the biggest sports shops of Paris, perpetually crowded. But so is the church! The doors are open to welcome shoppers frantically looking for a little peace of the soul, with songs in Latin, and all sing, not only grandmothers, Paris is surprising because there is not a great church culture, let alone on a Friday night, in a neighborhood of offices, with few houses around, and when it is not a special occasion. Built in the late eighteenth century, in the new district of the Chaussee d'Antin, it was a place of sin, at that time, with women and bars. Napoleon built a parish chapel, empty buildings became the convent high school, the famous Lycee Condorcet, who trained many famous men, scientists and politicians, and remains today one of the best public schools in the capital. On this shopping street the facade of the church goes unnoticed but the interior is very cute, like a Russian Orthodox church with its painted walls.
This large church was built in the 12th century by the Count Henri le Libéral and due to the financial difficulties of Philippe le Bel, has been left unfinished. The drop in trade fairs in the 15th century had a lot to do with this. The nave and porch should have been extended until the end of the square tower which separates the tower of Caesar. It has a mix of styles and the bare walls show their state. From the eleventh century a college of canons are in charge of singing seven times a day, many of them barefoot. It is pretty impressive, indeed.
In front of the hotel Caesar. Begun in the twelfth century, the name of this beautiful church derives from the legend that a piece of the Cross of Christ came here thanks to Thibaud V, son of St Louis. Burned in 1305, it was rebuilt in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which explains why its central portico is in Renaissance style.