After the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, it was proposed to construct a church to the Sacred Heart on Montmartre. Although originally the fund raising was by public subscription, in 1873, the National Assembly declared its construction to be a state undertaking. Of the 78 entries in the competition for its design, the one chosen was by the architect named Abadie. He was already well known for his restoration of the St-Front Cathedral in Périgueux.
The plans for the new basilica called for an edifice of Romano-Byzantine style,inspired by models such as Saint Sophia at Constantinople, Saint Mark's at Venice or Ravenna.The first stone was laid in 1875. Abadie himself died in 1884 with only the foundation having been completed.
Completed in 1914, it was not consecrated until 1919 after WW1 had ended. The final cost was 40 million francs. Since 1885, there has been perpetual adoration and worship within.
The interior of the church contains one of the worlds largest mosaics, and depicts Christ with outstretched arms. The nearby bell tower contains the ``Savoyarde''. Cast in Annecy in 1895, it is one of the worlds heaviest at 19 tons.
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JorgeJacinto (1029) 2004-07-18 9:25
A composição é interessante, mas precisava de
Burnham (2428) 2004-07-18 9:26
Very good note, and I love the sky here, the white/blue contrst is exellent. Though the church is distorted I don't mind I think it makes it look huge. Good work Marco.
nchifan (910) 2004-07-18 9:38
Yes I love this church! Goog shot Marco. Thank you for notes.
Patat (112) 2004-07-18 11:50
Magnificent big building! Very interesting note. Beautiful colours in the sky with good clouds to make it interesting. The leafless trees in front don't obscure too much of the detail on the building in the back. Good capture.
blu (1429) 2004-07-18 15:31
very nice photo - I know from own experience that it ain't easy to get a nice perspective on sacre coeur without too many tourists on it! well done.
Galeota (10338) 2004-07-18 15:37
The POV, as well as the perspective, are perfect. Colours are much to saturated though, cyan in particular. The DOF could also be better (people on the bottom right are slightly out of focus). Interesting note.
ChrisJ (91168) 2004-07-19 4:10
Excellent pp work here. Also v good perspective & pov.
Gatis (925) 2004-07-19 7:48
I see - you use rather powerful dose of ContrastMask or similar Photoshop method. This is OK for me as it makes the picture more expressive! Otherwise it would be just grey...
joseelias (0) 2004-07-19 8:32
Ponto de vista excelente com a distorção da geometria a criar uma sensação de imponência no edificio. Gosto do contraste e das cores embora um pouco menos de saturação na área do céu (especialmente no topo direito) dar-lhe-ia um ar mais suave e natural.
taivo (1843) 2004-07-19 11:21
You showed one of my fav. places in Paris. I love climbing the stairs up to this wonderdul cathedral. The perspective and composition are excellent, so are the colours. Very nice post-processing.
bertolucci (13351) 2004-07-19 15:25
Hi Marco. In your last pictures you make it your business to display the sky in a dramatic way. In this it serves as an xcellent backdrop to this famous church which is rendered in highly saturated (but not to much) colours. Thru this and your fine PoV the result is an awe inducing church. Te note is excellent. Great job.
dsidwell (9771) 2004-07-19 19:36
I really enjoy the colors here. Vibrant, dirty and interesting!
danbachmann (1744) 2004-07-29 14:22
Great sharpness and sky. I wonder what a bit of perspective correction would do? I like the way the green copper(?) statues stand out.
orme (7213) 2004-08-20 5:58
An excellent shot of this magnificent church, Marco. Your post-processing work adds a wonderful atmosphere to the shot. Great colours. Well done.
supereira (9576) 2004-09-01 13:02
Uma excelente foto.Tem um bom enquadramento,umas boas cores.Acho que um pouco de brilho ficava bem.Ficava muito melhor se não tive lá aquelas pessoas,mas deve ser um pouco impossível visto ser um ponto turistico.A nota esta muito boa.
merpb (1995) 2004-09-02 7:35
A very powerfull and imposing image Marco, I love your treatment of the sky contrasting with the crispness of the building.
Endy (1025) 2004-09-02 12:13
Amazing sky Marco! The cathedral is so detailed and perfectly sharp. The point of view is excellent and does not create any distortion of the cathedral.
Well done and thanks for sharing!
waskahegan (0) 2004-09-02 15:23
Wonderful job: this church being at the very top of a hill makes it difficult to take, you made good use of the sky as a background.
jrj (34841) 2004-09-03 4:59
Very good you capture Marco, and no doubt an excellent post work process making up to the grand total. Nice light, background and other details. Very good job
Georges (11185) 2004-09-06 9:19
L'effet donné ici est trés impressionant et il donne a cette scene un bon "punch".
Le travail effectué dessu est vraiment joli.
agpires (0) 2004-09-07 4:38
Very beautiful composition, the postprocessing and the camera angle reinforce still a little more the crowned side of the building, I find just that the unit misses a little sharpness.
Very good job Marco.
nwoehnl (122) 2004-09-13 9:36
Very nice catch of this famous church, Marco. Good shooting angle to have the crowd seated on the chairs at the right, and very effective post-work on contrast. Interesting notes, too, very good.
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-09-17 3:58
Fantastic composition and effects. Beautiful colours.
hdl (6995) 2004-09-17 12:30
I assume you did some postprocessing here. What you did, I don't know but the result is great. Anyway, tastes differ, but I like it.
paido (944) 2004-09-30 12:48
A good point of view of this classical monument, it puts emphasis on the size of the church.
The sky is perfectly exposed, and brings a good contrast with the building.
jrzufferey (7301) 2004-10-06 14:48
Bonsoir Marco, Merci pour l'image et pour la note photographique. La photographie, même centrée est construite de très belle façon, j'aime bien. Amitié/jr
jmdaoudal (82) 2004-10-20 14:13
Two blue spots draw this marvellous architecture.
Very good composition for all technical points;
T U for sharing
sn00zie (2384) 2004-11-01 9:04
wow! this church with the dramatic sky looks so surreal. very good note too!
aznegrao (10296) 2004-11-04 18:54
O ceu está maravilhoso em contraste com a cor e os detalhes da construção. Os detalhes azuis das esculturas está muito interessante.
flydragon (0) 2004-11-05 19:35
i live in Paris
i am not really in love for the
place in Paris.
but i like the way you did
this picture have something
maybe a bit darker
Schultzy (5446) 2004-11-14 10:54
Great POV for this shot Marco. Also nice colors, particulary the two statues in the foreground. Nice framing, well done !
manny (21833) 2004-11-18 5:57
I don't mind the almost cetnteed compo here. What I like about this picture is the color..good white and blue and other bright colors peppered around the bottom part.
ninfa_urania (803) 2004-11-21 23:23
Magnificent composition, the tree adds a special touch to the image, the bottom is spectacular, I like the delicate aspect of the illumination a lot, very in agreement with the stateliness of this beautiful work of the architecture. Excellent composition, I like your pictures a lot. Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*
apazevedo (5469) 2004-12-21 17:02
Muito boa foto, Marco; excelentes côres, perspectiva, contraste, detalhe, muito bem!
code2707 (95) 2005-01-11 16:13
I just discover your photo, i watch them all. Waouh, i really like all the composition and the treatment (PP) you apply , really nice work. I like it a lot. Bravo.
- Copyright: Marco Gaspar (Mrg) (825)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-04-14
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot A80
- Exposure: f/2.8, 1/250 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sacre Coeur / Montmartre [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2004-07-18 8:53