Posts Tagged With: Church

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

When visiting Paris, in my opinion, it is a sin not to take in some churches, no matter your belief system they are beautiful works of art.


Notre-Dame is one of  the most historic churches in the world! There is much written about Notre-Dame and I am no expert on that history. I just know what I like. I am not Catholic (I am a Christian and am a Baptist). I do believe there is only one heaven and those of us that are Christians will one day be there. Having said that I love to experience different denominations and Christian churches. I was there during the end of a mass and would recommend that you try to go during a mass, as sit for the mass as all are welcome.

I did find myself wondering what the difference between a Cathedral and a Basilica was. This is what I found out. A basilica is designated by the pope as an important church because of history, spirituality, or other significance such as architecture. Once a basilica always a basilica.

A cathedral is where the bishop’s throne is located. That throne is called a cathedra. A cathedral is a higher designation by the Catholic Church than a basilica.

Now to make matters more confusing a basilica can be a cathedral, or not. A cathedral may or may not be a basilica. For example Notre Dame is the Cathedral for the Archdiocese of Paris, it is not a basilica.

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Basilique du Sacré Cœur in Montmatre

Basilique du Sacré Cœur is located a top the Montmartre hill in Paris, France. Most people, including the local French,  call it Sacré Cœur. This basilica was consecrated to the Heart of Christ ~ the sacred heart ~  from which Sacré Cœur derives its name. Sacré Cœur Was built between 1875 and 1914 and concentrated in 1919.

Since 1 August 1885 there has been continual prayer of adoration; 130 years at this writing! While there is an incline plane to visit the Sacré Cœur on top of the hill, Montmartre ~ I walked up the hill! Not only did I do that but I walked up the 300 steps in the dome! The panoramic view which included the Eiffel Tower was well worth the climb!  It was not an easy climb up those steps for this ole gal, but Helen from Canada and I bonded on those steps and encouraged each other to the top!

As you leave Sacré Cœur turn left out of the exit from the basilica and meander down the hill. There is an awesome bohemian artistic district! You will find the streets lined with painters, sculptors, caricature artists and many other artists doing their craft amongst the many cafes’. As long as you head back down the hill toward Montmarte you will be able to catch the bus. The stop is on the 30 bus route.

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