Sunday, December 5, 2010

Paris Church Series -Basilique du Sacré-Coeur


The Basilique duSacré-Coeur is one of my favorite places to visit. Sitting at the highest point in Paris, it allows the most marvelous panoramic view of the whole city.  This Montmartre neighborhood is famous for the artist trade which thankfully is not as frantic in midwinter!  Here, to the left is a lovely church that I regret I can't name, but stop in and visit if you're in the neighborhood.  I found this photo as a happy surprise recently and realized that it seemed a collage of what makes Montmartre so special.  The dome, the church, an artist or two and of course the cobblestone streets.  C'est Montmartre!

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12 comments:

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I think it looks great in B&W !

Stephanie A. Mann said...

Is that St. Pierre de Montmartre?

Virginia said...

Stephanie, you may be right. I just don't have any kind of archive photo with the name of that church.
Merci.

Thanks Wong!

Petrea said...

Sigh. One of these days I'll bundle up and spend Christmas in Paris.

George said...

I love this angle from Place du Tertre!

Starman said...

It is Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre.

Owen said...

Yes, yes, yes, and yes ! B&W, the art market, Sacré Coeur, the parish church, the bystanders... if you can get all of that into a photo, it's bound to be a good one... Looks like we are in for a snowy winter, already snowed three or four times... maybe Paris will be covered in white for your trip ?

Alexa said...

I concur—and I looove this shot in b&w! You've really captured the spirit of the place (and as I remember it, without hordes of tourists). Merci, V!

Virginia said...

I love that my blog has become such a group effort! So many of you add your wonderful memories and offer expertise, like today, when I"m lacking. Oh and I can't forget your dear efforts to help me improve my French. If I could wave a magic wand, I'd take all of you along with me on my next trip. Wouldn't we have the just the grandest time! Merci mille fois mes amis!!
V

Ginnie said...

I LOVE this part of Paris, Virginia. One could easily spend an entire day right there, walking from artist to artist and then exploring the church and its vistas. I'll never forget it.

Hotel La Defense said...

Montmartre is the most enchanting part of paris. and it looks incredible in black and white. This is the Sacre Coeur Cathedral. Not sure of its English equivalent.
Best regards from Hotel La Defense

Daryl said...

Ah yes, I remember it well .. hasnt changed in over 40 yrs, I wish I could say the same for myself