Aug 20, 2010

The long stairs to the Basilique du Sacré Coeur

Funiculaire de Montmartre

Basilique du Sacré Coeur

From Station metro Anvers, I walked up to the Hill of Montmartre. It’s a nice path, but I used to be carefull when I was walking up the hill.
Many pickpockets were in this area. I remembered my friend lost her money when someone crashed her.

There’s a funicular or funiculaire de montmartre which runs every minutes to go to the top of the hill. But I chose the long stairs to go up and enjoying the view of the Basilique du Sacré Coeur from the stairs. It's a beautiful view. The Basilique du Sacré Coeur is located at Parvis du Sacré Coeur, 18 th arrondissement.

As you walk towards the main entrance you can see a statue of Christ above you, and on either side there are statues of horses being ridden by Joan of Arc (Jeanne d'Arc, a French peasant woman who led a rebellion against the English) and King Louis the Blessed. This church Romano-Byzantine style has one of the worlds largest mosaics, and depicts Christ with outstretched arms. The main dome is the second highest point in Paris (after the Eiffel Tower). The bell tower contains the ``Savoyarde''. Cast in Annecy in 1895, it’s the one of the worlds heaviest at 19 tons. From the top of the Dome, there is a panoramic view in all directions extending over 30 kilometers.

Station on Paris metro: Anvers, Châteaux Rouge