Sacre Coeur, Paris Day 2, Part 2

The next place we headed to was Sacre Coeur which is a very impressive church at the top of Paris in the Montmatre region of the city. It is situated on the top of one of the hills overlooking the city although both times i have been there it has been quite misty so we did not get the most impressive views of Paris, Ed said that the view was better from the top of the Arc de Triomphe but you cannot fault the impressiveness of the building on its own.

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The Basilica had some amazing gargoyles, which were exquisitely carved but very hard to photograph from the ground as the building was very complicated too and this provided a far too busy background for the majority of the photos.

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The domed roof of the Basilica can be seen from a long way off and are even more impressive up close, there is soo much work involved in their construction and if you consider the time that they were built and the tools available the details are astounding. The other impressive feat of the Sacre Coeur is just how white the outside of the building is, even though they dont clean the building at all, the stone used in its construction releases some form of acid when it comes into contact with water so everytime the building is rained on it is cleaned. This was very obvious in certain sections where the overhangs or ledges obviously protected one of the walls from the rain the walls had started to produce a build up that had not been cleaned away by the natural bleaching ability of the stone.

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There is a small park below the Basilica where we stopped to have some food and chill out for a little before heading down into town via the very steep Funicular to walk back into town a different route to that which we came in.

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