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Window in the Chapel

Window in the Chapel

This small window is in the 15th century chapel in the southern arm of the transept of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. I thought this detail very interesting. This photo was taken directly facing a tiny opening from the chapel into the next room. The appearance that it is being viewed from an angle is just part of the way the window is made.


Pieta under a canopy in the chapel

Pieta under a canopy in the chapel

This is also from the 15th century chapel.


A detail from the chapel

A detail from the chapel

This is also from the 15th century gothic chapel.


Altar from the Chapel on the Southern Arm of the Transept

Altar from the Chapel on the Southern Arm of the Transept

This chapel in the Basilica was replaced in the 15th century by a gothic funeral chapel dedicated to St. George.


Statue of St. Margaret Mary

Statue of St. Margaret Mary

The Chapel of the Apparitions, where Jesus appeared to St. Marguerite-Marie Alacoque and revealed to her His "heart burning with love", is part of a convent of the nuns of the Visitation, just a short walk from the Basilica. This statue is in the basilica.


Statue of Jesus

Statue of Jesus

This statue and the statue of St. Margaret Mary are near the votive candles.


Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

"Thus
here it is
this light
at the important moments
of prayer"
- From a brochure sold in the basilica.


A Crucifix in the Sacré-Coeur Basilica

A Crucifix in the Sacré-Coeur Basilica

I am not sure how old this cross is. It is not mentioned in the booklet I brought back, and I could not find it mentioned online.


Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene

At the time of my visit, January 20, the Nativity scene was still displayed, as is proper until the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord on February 2.


The Basilica's Southern Side Aisle

The Basilica's Southern Side Aisle

The basilica was built from the end of the 11th to the early 13th century. It is now a shrine and is part of a retreat center operated by the Emmanuel Community.


Windows Overlooking the Nave.

Windows Overlooking the Nave.

The basilica is known for its "mystical light", an architectural feature. Three semi-circular upper windows are at the top of the nave. Under each of them is one of the original blind windows that decorate the wall.


Painting in the Apse, Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Painting in the Apse, Sacré-Coeur Basilica

A painting of Jesus over the main altar.


Exterior of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica

Exterior of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica

The Sacré-Coeur Basilica (Sacré-Coeur means Sacred Heart) was built for a Cluniac monastery. The monastery dated back to the 10th century. St. Hugh, abbot of Cluny, was instrumental in the basilica's 12th century construction. Altogether, the basilica was built from the late 11th to the early 13th centuries, and one of its chapels was later rebuilt in the 15th century.


The Cloister Garden

The Cloister Garden

The garden has medieval inspiration in its selection and grouping of plants. It is next to the basilica.