Global Treasures SACRE COEUR Paris, France
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The shining white Basilica of Sacre-Coeur towers above Montmartre and across the famous Parisienne art district of the same name. It is located on a hill that is thirty metres high and provides a good view of both Paris and the River Seine.
The magnificent Basilica on top of Montmartre Hill can be seen for miles and is synonymous with Paris. Beneath Sacre Coeur is the former winegrowers´ village of Montmartre that, at the end of the 19th century, attracted several important artists. Montmartre’s exotic nightlife also gave it a special appeal and venues such as The Moulin Rouge have become world famous.
Despite the district’s commercial aspects, even today, Montmartre possesses its own unique charm and a good measure of the atmosphere of bygone times.
Even at night Sacre Coeur dominates the skyline above Paris’ vast ocean of colourful lights and thus confirms it to be one of the most striking and best known landmarks in Europe.
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