The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur (Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, a reference to the heart of Jesus, which is the representation of his divine love for humanity), located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city, is a popular landmark and the second most visited monument in Paris, France.
The basilica, in the shape of a Greek cross with 4 coupolas, draws inspiration from both Romanesque and Byzantine architecture, with round shaped arches.
Perched on a hill to the north of Paris, the basilica dominates the skyline of Montmartre (once a hangout for Paris' bohemian crowd) with its white dome.
The unspoiled white colour of the building is just one of its many charms. Stones used for construction secrete a white substance (cullet), which makes the building beautiful and white when it rains.
The bell tower defies gravity and contains the most famous bell in France, "La Savoyarde", a work of 19 tonnes given by the four dioceses of Savoie.