Travel Photo Thursday | Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica

Travel Photo Thursday | Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica

On a wintry afternoon in 2003, we were walking along the streets of Montmartre in Paris enjoying the scenery.  It wasn’t long before we happened upon this beautifully crafted church that, frankly,  we were not familiar with.  Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica is a Roman Catholic church that sits majestically on the top of a hill above hungry, but talented artisans selling their wares on the streets below.  We were amazed because we had never seen anything quite as imposing, yet, serene as we did that day.

The scene was foreboding as it was a dark, cloudy day, but the photo almost suggests that the sanctuary is being shielded by a cocoon of light and emerges victoriously from the storm.  Well, that’s what I would like to think because Sacre Coeur gives me a sense of comfort whenever my eyes gaze upon it.

Sacre Coeur Basilica

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Renee King
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  • Jozef Maxted
    Posted at 08:38h, 06 January Reply

    Wow that is an imposing picture! The clouds look very menacing in the background. The way it is sat right on top of the hill as well!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:25h, 06 January Reply

      Yes….it’s a weird combination of sinister/serenity! Thanks for coming by, Jozef!

  • Steffy
    Posted at 10:13h, 06 January Reply

    Very nice picture!

    • Renee
      Posted at 10:24h, 06 January Reply

      Thanks, Steffy!

  • RyukyuMike
    Posted at 10:51h, 06 January Reply

    Beautiful composition and love the way you captioned it !

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:14h, 06 January Reply

      Thanks, Mike…that’s pretty awesome coming from you!

  • Norbert
    Posted at 11:56h, 06 January Reply

    Wow! Love the building’s architecture!

    • Renee
      Posted at 12:12h, 06 January Reply

      There is something very awe-inspiring about it….

  • Laurel
    Posted at 12:19h, 06 January Reply

    Amazing photo! It’s eery, yet peaceful at the same time!

    • Renee
      Posted at 15:14h, 06 January Reply

      It is a lovely contradiction, isn’t it?

  • Cathy Sweeney
    Posted at 12:24h, 06 January Reply

    Great pic, Renee! I just visited Montmartre for the first time in December and was in awe of Sacre Coeur. The view from there is awesome, too.

  • Jeremy B
    Posted at 15:01h, 06 January Reply

    Beautiful photo of Sacre Coeur! The views from there are some of the best in the city!

    • Renee
      Posted at 15:15h, 06 January Reply

      Definitely in agreement! Thanks Jeremy!

  • robin
    Posted at 07:33h, 07 January Reply

    Nice shot – something almost Russian looking about that church to my eyes.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:46h, 07 January Reply

      I was thinking that it looked Indian…but I definitely can see it on Red Square too…but much more colorful.

  • Debt Free Divas
    Posted at 09:06h, 08 January Reply

    That is an amazing picture. Starting a new to-go list thanks to you!

    • Renee
      Posted at 23:35h, 10 January Reply

      It’s my pleasure!

  • Michael
    Posted at 07:04h, 11 January Reply

    Renee, How can I forgive you? You were in Montmartre, my ‘hood and you didn’t say Hi? That has to be corrected. Next time you come to Paris, your first port of call will be moi! ‘K (And yes, that picture you have here is of our neighbour.)

  • InsideJourneys
    Posted at 01:32h, 02 August Reply

    WOW, this gorgeous! Love the clouds, the composition.
    Very beautiful, Renee. Very beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Marcia

    • Renee
      Posted at 15:45h, 02 August Reply

      Thanks, Marcia…..I sure miss it!

  • Paris
    Posted at 09:00h, 20 December Reply

    Hi,
    Nice photo.
    Tip about visiting the place: The southern side of Montmartre hill (your photo) is often crowded with tourists… I would recommend to climb the hill from northern side (Lamarck Caulaincourt) if you want to indulge yourself into the “real” Paris.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:46h, 28 December Reply

      Thank you for that valuable tip!

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