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“Our Lady of Paris”



Front facade by Benh Lieu Song

When you are leaving for vacations, you better leave your faith in your closet at home otherwise there is a serious chance of missing a lot of culture and history. When I was visiting Basilica of Sacred heart in Paris I met an Indian Muslim family outside while we were enjoying live music at the stairs of the Basilica played by some local band, while I intended to go inside I asked them too to come inside but they politely refused and told me that it is against their faith to enter the church.I respected their insecurities and went in. You are free to believe and practice whatever makes you comfortable

I am going to get you to the famous Notre-Dame de Paris. There are hence many different attributes to the cathedral, it is impossible to describe them all, but it is notable for it’s organ, stained glasses, figures, paintings, sculptures. Notre Dame de Paris got more famous by Victor Hugo’s 1831 Gothic novel and subsequent films The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a French Gothic novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1831.



Situated on the Right Bank of the River Seine, Notre-Dame de Paris, also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral, is a medieval Catholic Cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris. The Île de la Cité is one of two remaining natural islands in the Seine within the city of Paris. It is the heart of Paris.The 4th arrondissement of Paris is one of the 20 arrondissements (administrative districts.

Cornerstone laid for Notre-Dame de Paris in 1163. The Notre-Dame de Paris was among the first buildings in the world to use the flying buttress. Flying buttress is that it is not in contact with the wall it supports. The flying buttress was built up during late antiquity and later flourished during the Gothic period (12th–16th c.) of architecture. Ancient examples of the flying buttress can be ground in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. The architectural-element precursors of the medieval flying buttress derive from Byzantine architecture.


Organ Notre-Dame by Eric Chan

The organ has 7,952 pipes. It has 110 real stops, five 56-key manuals and a 32-key pedalboard.


The cathedral has 10 bells. The largest, Emmanuel, original to 1681, is located in the south tower and weighs just over 13 tons

In 1548, rioting Huguenots damaged features of Notre-Dame, considering them idolatrous
The Second World War caused more damage. Several of the stained glass windows on the lower tier were hit by stray bullets.

In the 1790s, Notre-Dame suffered desecration in the radical phase of the French Revolution when much of its religious imagery was damaged or destroyed.
I would strongly recommend a visit to the Cathedral, whether you are religious or not.


Basilica of the Sacred Heart Paris

When I first went to Paris, I only had Eiffel tower in my mind, I never planned to see any other place except Chanselise (The Avenue des Champs-Elysees). I travelled to Paris from Kings Cross station on Eurostar which was my first experience to travel to another country by train and I must say it was a delightful experience.My hotel was walking distance from the Euro terminal. After catching some rest I went to roof top restaurant for coffee and as soon as I reached at the top, surprise was waiting, I could see the whole Paris from the roof, the sun was setting and the building in front of me was the astounding Basilica of Sacred Heart, a beautiful white building standing high at the top of the Montmartre mountain, I immediately decided to visit the Basilica.



There are about 200 and more steps to hit the highest place in Paris.


The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly recognized as the Sacre Coeor Basilica, is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the crown of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacre Coeor 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 which was interpreted as a moral condemnation of the sins of Paris, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.(Wikepedia)



The Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. The construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914. It was consecrated after the conclusion of World War I in 1919.
The overall style of the structure shows a liberal interpretation of Byzantine features.
The summit of the hill of Montmartre, where the church now stands has been a sacred site where Druids were thought to have worshipped.The Basilica is the second most visited Church after Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris,Basilica welcomes more or less 10 million visitors every year.