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Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Paris

Basilique du Sacre Coeur, Paris

After the end of the Franco-Prussian war in the 1870s it was decided that there should be a church on the Mount of the Martyrs – Montmartre – in Paris, and a competition was held to choose the architect. Possibly unfortunately, depending on your point of view, the winner was Paul Abadie, who was rather notorious for his restorations of a number of churches in the Dordogne area of France. His trademark was adding Byzantine domes with lanterns on top, as at Sâcre Cœur. The church was finished in 1914, but not consecrated until 1919.

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