It does not matter what foreign country you may travel in, the church is often the heart of the city or the village that you visit and will be a point of interest worth seeing. We have seen many on our travels and some of them are absolutely amazing but the Sacre-Coeur Basilica is one that will stand out in my mind forever.
|Basilique du Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre, Paris, France|
The architecture of the Basilica was not typical for the time. I don’t know what this particular creation is although it seems to resemble a cow. It doesn’t look like typical gargoyles as some others on the building do but perhaps it was to direct water off the roof, which was one of the original reasons for gargoyles on buildings or to ward off evil. I believe the faces carved into the building were the early bishops of the Basilica as was often done.
These beautiful bronze doors led us to the most incredible mosaic I have ever seen. Cameras are not allowed inside which is understandable but much to my dismay, so all I have is the picture embedded in my mind. The mosaic, “Christ in Majesty” filled the apse, the vaulted recess of the dome and with the use of gold leaf and lights to highlight, it almost took my breath away. It is among the largest mosaics in the world and is an incredible sight.
So many architectural details were used in this early day that may not be immediately noticeable but on a closer look, they will be there. Several gargoyles around the church plus the faces we could see in the other picture. Many structures will include statues of people of importance, Joan of Arc is the patina colored statue we see above the entrance on the Basilica.
The view of
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