Friday, May 05, 2006

Ahhh, Sacré Cœur!

Friday, May 5, 2006

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After a quick breakfast and a metro ride I arrived at the bottom of a very steep hill in an area called Montmartre (also known as the 18th arrondissement). The only way to the top was a series of very steep stairs. How the heck they get their cars up these stairs is beyond me.

After a long climb, I arrived at the highest point in all of Paris. Home of the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. Sweet. It was at this same moment that I noticed a gaggle of elderly folk stepping off some kind of outdoor elevator contraption. DOH!

The two bronze (now green) equestrian statues are of French national saints Joan of Arc and King Saint Louis IX.

View looking down on the rest of Paris (with Sacré Cœur behind me).

Note that you are NOT allowed to take pictures inside the cathedral. I have no idea how this got on my camera... it must be a miracle! Praise be to God.

Inside view of the white-dome. For perspective, the angels you see in the four corners are lifesize.

The Last Supper carved on one of the front doors...

Gargoyles and angels...

The tall structure on the right is where the the nineteen-ton Savoyarde bell hangs. Cast in 1895, it is one of the heaviest bells in the world.

Click here for a very cool satellite view of Sacré Cœur.

... to be continued

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