Black & White Sunday: Soaring into the Sky

Standing prominently on Montmartre (the Hill of Martyrs where the first bishop of Paris was beheaded) the Basilica of the Sacred Heart marks the highest point of the city and on a clear day offers the most beautiful view stretching to 50 km radius. Regular visitors of my blog could see the photos of the Basilica from different angles as well as some breathtaking views captured from its soaring towers. This black and white capture is the last picture in my Sacre Coeur collection, but I am sure some day I will go back for more.

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76 Comments on “Black & White Sunday: Soaring into the Sky

    • It is one of the most photogenic churches I have ever seen, and honestly I have been always fascinated with it even before visiting. If only they had let me take pictures inside. I am glad to hear you like it. xx


    • I think I could stay for days in front of Basilica taking photos and never get bored. I usually feel dizzy looking up, but not that time. Thank you kindly, Patti for brightening my day with your visit. Happy and relaxing Sunday!


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  2. Black and white is so powerful, Paula. I’m eager to return home and play around with transformations. This one gives so much gravitas to the building, and its architecture becomes so clear. I love the angle you’ve taken it from too. Thanks for ongoing photographic inspiration.


    • πŸ™‚ So sweat to read you, Meg. Are you going home soon? I hope that both you and your husband are fully recovered now and able to enjoy the rest of the time with your family. All the best and safe trip home!


  3. That’s a beauty! πŸ™‚ I will look for that angle when I’m there next month. Love the atmospheric music too, Paula. It must take you ages to decide on the perfect match, or do you usually have something in mind when you decide what to post?
    Sacre Couer is one of my strongest memories from my visit when I was ‘just a lass’. I can’t wait to see it again.
    Sunday hugs!


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    • Hello dear Margaret Rose. I am really happy to see you back. The photo you posted is more than appropriate. I love old ruins, they have the glory of the past in them and I love your capture. I will have to go absent for two weeks owing to my summer holiday between the 20th of July and the 2nd of August. which means there is still one Sunday challenge left before I go ;). I am glad to hear you like my new gravatar. Peace and love to you, P πŸ™‚


    • πŸ™‚ Takk Drake. I know how familiar you are with the area, and your comment is so much more relevant for that fact πŸ™‚


      • Amazing area, visiting Paris I always stay overnight at a pair of my friends only one and a half stone’s throw north of Sacre Coeur – she is a native parisian and him she has “imported” from Colmar… πŸ˜€


    • πŸ™‚ Have you visited it Anna? It’s a shame they did not let me take photos inside. It’s one of my favourite churches ever πŸ™‚


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      • I’ve actually returned from the trip already. It lasted only from Saturday – Tuesday, that’s all we could afford. It’s a shame to live in such a beautiful country and at the same time not being able to appreciate it… If we had our own car, or a camper car, it would have been easier, but for the same amount that we spent those days, we could have spent a week or two in some cheaper country…


          • I still have two weeks off, but I’ll have to spend them at home and can’t go anywhere… It kind of sucks, but it’s better than having to go to work.


            • I know :(. I hope that you will have a well-deserved break and some quiet time. The last month has been crazy here with work and terrible noise due to the World Cup. Still, I look forward to discovering Tatry mountains from 20th July till 2nd of August πŸ˜‰


  8. Very good picture of the SacrΓ©-Coeur, which is not easy to achieve: the subject has been done so many times…
    (I personally hate its architecture!!) πŸ™‚
    Bon week-end
    (Comment vont les analyses?) πŸ™‚


    • Salut Brian πŸ™‚ Les resultats des analyses je ne les aurai que mardi ou mercredi …. πŸ˜€ I really like its architecture πŸ™‚ Merci pour ta visite et ton interest., Bon weekend!


  9. Paula this photo is brilliant. I have been working on learning how to capture buildings in better ways. This is such a wonderful shot and it will stay with me for future travels. Thank you. πŸ™‚


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