Sacre Coeur

From the earliest days, the hill of Montmarte has been a place of worship: the Druids, the Gauls, the Romans who built a temple in honor of Mars, and beginning in the third century, Christian, when Saint Denis became the first bishop of Paris. The great basilica of Sacre-Coeur was constructed in period from 1875-1914, consecrated to the Heart of Christ in reparation for the brutality and chaos that swept the area during the Franco Prussian War and the workers uprising (Paris Commune) of 1871.

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