The construction begun with Paul Abadie’s initials designs in 1875 and was consecrated in 1919, after World War 1. The overall style of the Basilica shows Romano-Byzantine inspiration. A similar style is found in the features of Notre Dame de la Garde in Marseille and San Marco Basilica in Venice.
Uncovering the Many Facets
Before entering the Basilica, you’ll be greeted by a statue of Jesus Christ blessing the city with his open arms. Once inside, do not miss the three highlights of the Sacré-Coeur: the Crypt, the Dome and the Mosaic. The first one hold the relics of Christian martyrs and of devouts who died during the two World War. Then, at 83 meters (300 steps with no elevator), the Dome will provide the splendid 360 view of the hustle and bustle of the city and of the surrounding suburbs of the French capital. Finally, the Apse Mosaic, situated behind the high-altar in the main part of the Basilica and inaugurated in 1923, is considered one of the largest in the world (475 sq meters).