France Sacre Coeur, Paris

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Gert Lucas

About this spot
The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur (Dutch: Basilica of the Sacred Heart) is a basilica in Paris. It is located on the Montmartre hill in the 18th arrondissement in Paris and is dedicated to the Sacred Heart.

The church is especially notable for its bright white appearance and prominent location on a hill. To get to the church, one can climb 222 steps or take the Funiculaire de Montmartre (cable car). At the top you have a view over much of Paris.

The Sacré-Cœur is made entirely of travertine, a fairly soft (and slightly porous) type of stone, originating from the French department of Seine-et-Marne. Travertine is limestone and produces a white layer of lime on the outside during rain, which keeps the basilica very white in color, despite the dirt and grime from the city. Travertine is less resistant to acid rain.

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